SLOVENIAN NETWORK FOR HEALTH PROMOTION IN HOSPITALS
Slovenian network for health promotion in hospitals whose member is also Izola General Hospital has been operational since November 2011. It was founded so that health services would exceed their curative role and start a systematic integration of the principles of health promotion, disease prevention and rehabilitation into the patient treatment.
The establishment of the national network has been actively monitored and supported by the Ministry of Health and the Office of the World Health Organization in Slovenia.
HEALTH PROMOTION CARRIED OUT IN THE HOSPITAL INCLUDES:
- Health promotion in clinical environment,
- Health promotion among the employees,
- Promotion of healthy decisions (support to the environment),
- Strengthening health of the local community.
Health promotion in clinical environment includes a process comprising the approaches to prevent diseases or their complications through education for health and health education. In addition to general instructions on a healthy lifestyle, it also includes the acquisition of specific knowledge and skills for effective disease self-management and the attainment of the satisfactory health related quality of life of patients.
Health education is becoming an integral part of the daily work of health care professionals as assistance in the treatment process preventing the consequences or complications of already present disease and developing skills to manage it. Upgraded health education constitutes “education for health” which in this way becomes an indispensable part of health promotion.
HEALTH PROMOTION AMONG THE EMPLOYEES
It represents targeted actions and measures undertaken with the aim of preserving and enhancing the physical and mental health of the employees. We jointly make efforts to improve working conditions, and the welfare of our employees, improve communication, interpersonal relationships, and leadership, and we adopt a healthy lifestyle. The results are linked to the changes in the behaviour of the employees.
STRENGTHENING HEALTH OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY AND PROMOTION OF HEALTHY DECISIONS
The hospital constantly carries out targeted high-profile activities: health education programmes in the local environment, raising awareness of general population of healthy lifestyles and the prevention/control of the most common chronic diseases, the organization of events with the aim of raising awareness of the population and detection of diseases, etc.