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Question On Notice No. 2007 asked in the Legislative Council on 14 March 2019 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

Question Directed to the: Parliamentary Secretary representing the Minister for Health
Minister responding: Hon R.H. Cook
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Question

I refer to the Karratha Health Campus, and I ask:
(a) how many patients have been admitted to the general ward each month since the opening of the Karratha Health Campus;
(b) how many patients have presented at the Emergency Department on each month since the opening of the Karratha Health Campus;
(c) of those patients in (b), what are the waiting times for ATS 1-5 patients;
(d) how many patients have been admitted to the Short Stay unit at Karratha Health Campus since its opening;
(e) what is the maximum number of main bays available to accommodate patients in the Emergency Department at any one time;
(f) how many patients have been admitted to the General Ward from the Emergency Department since the opening of the Karratha Health Campus;
(g) how many of those patients admitted to the General Ward in (f), were discharged within 24 hours of the admission;
(h) how many instances of “bed blocking”, where all Emergency Department and General Ward beds are occupied have occurred;
(i) if any instances occurred in (h), where are patients who are waiting to be admitted placed; and
(j) on how many occasions has a patient been delayed admission to the hospital due to a lack of beds on the ward?

Answered on 11 April 2019

I am advised:

(a) Admissions to Karratha Health Campus (KHC) by month since opening September 2018:

Month

Number of Admissions

September 2018

125

October 2018

266

November 2018

304

December 2018

320

January 2019

319

February 2019

312

TOTAL

1,646

 

(b) Presentations to the KHC Emergency Department by month since opening September 2018:

Month

Number of Presentations

September 2018

618

October 2018

1,594

November 2018

1,626

December 2018

1,718

January 2019

1,807

February 2019

1,590

TOTAL

8,953

 

(c) Target wait times by Australasian Triage Scale (ATS) category are:

ATS 1 = immediate

ATS 2 = 10 minutes

ATS 3 = 30 minutes

ATS 4 = 60 minutes

ATS 5 = 120 minutes

Of the patients identified in question (b), 80% (7,147) are recorded as being seen within the triage target timeframe, 14% (1,266) were recorded as being seen outside the triage target timeframe, and 6% (540) records were classified as “excluded”, likely due to data integrity issues.

(d) 11.

(e) 16.

(f) 806.

(g) 452.

(h) Nil occasions.

(i) Not applicable.

(j) Nil occasions.