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Question On Notice No. 2852 asked in the Legislative Council on 10 March 2020 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

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


I refer to the Karratha Health Campus and Port Hedland Hospital, and I ask:

(a) how many patients have been admitted to the general ward, each month at each campus, since 2017 for Port Hedland Hospital, or the opening of the Karratha Health Campus;
(b) how many patients have presented at the emergency department, on each month since in the same timelines;
(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) how many instances of ''bed blocking'', where all emergency department and general ward beds are occupied, have occurred since the opening of the Karratha Health Campus, and since 2017 for Port Hedland Hospital;
(f) if any instances occurred in (e), where are patients who are waiting to be admitted placed;
(g) on how many occasions has a patient been delayed admission to the hospital, due to a lack of beds on the ward; and
(h) for each separate hospital, please outline monthly staffing levels for both doctors and nurses in both full-time employee terms, and actually staff numbers, both permanent and locum in the timelines previously mentioned.?
Answered on 16 April 2020

I am advised:

 

(a) The below table shows the number of admissions to the general ward at Hedland Health Campus and inpatient ward at Karratha Health Campus between January 2017 and February 2020.

 

 Hedland Health CampusKarratha Health Campus
General WardInpatient Ward
2017January188-
February191-
March206-
April191-
May189-
June204-
July206-
August201-
2017September210-
October211-
November210-
December174-
2018January218-
February201-
March216-
April195-
May231-
June209-
July205-
August227-
September18968
October197137
November197155
December224166
2019January227180
February171155
March193140
April194156
May207163
June192161
July228147
August198155
September180133
October246146
November197137
December189146
2020January216150
February188134

 

(b) The below table shows the number of Emergency Department (ED) attendances to Hedland Health Campus and Karratha Health Campus between January 2017 to February 2020.

 

 Hedland Health CampusKarratha Health Campus
2017January                             1,820 -
February                             1,775 -
March                             2,037 -
April                             1,933 -
 May                             2,034 -
June                             1,709 -
July                             1,790 -
August                             1,919 -
September                             1,820 -
October                             1,899 -
November                             1,845 -
December                             1,972 -
2018January                             2,016 -
February                             1,880 -
March                             2,061 -
April                             1,902 -
May                             1,979 -
June                             1,854 -
July                             1,972 -
August                             2,044 -
September                             1,868                                          618
October                            1,992                                       1,594
November                             1,893                                       1,626
December                             2,072                                       1,718
2019January                             2,150                                       1,807
February                             1,915                                       1,590
March                             1,913                                       1,595
April                             1,974                                       1,674
May                             2,241                                       1,843
June                             2,380                                       1,913
July                             2,341                                       1,854
August                             2,078                                       2,187
September                             1,856                                       2,004
October                             2,011                                       1,898
November                             2,028                                       1,967
December                             2,236                                       1,921
2020January                             2,167                                       1,855
February                             1,997                                       1,978

 

(c) The below table shows the average waiting time (minutes) of patients at Hedland Health Campus by triage category in ED for January 2017 to February 2020.

 

 Hedland Health Campus
Triage 1Triage 2Triage 3Triage 4Triage 5
2017January06203432
February06193136
March07162730
April06162626
May05212427
June04122122
July05152730
August06132526
September04142527
October07172827
November05172326
December05152528
2018January06132425
February16212627
March05122323
April05192422
May06152626
June05142525
July06152425
August05162829
September05142627
October06162426
November04162529
December06132429
2019January05122023
February04132432
March04101519
April05132123
May06172935
June08234654
July07223744
August06233634
September08203638
October05162929
November05152731
December06142531
2020January05162728
February06162926

 

The below table shows the average waiting time (minutes) of patients at Karratha Health Campus by triage category in ED for January 2017 to February 2020. (Karratha opened September 2018).

 

 Karratha Health Campus
Triage 1Triage 2Triage 3Triage 4Triage 5
2018July-----
August-----
September06233739
October05173451
November07163344
December05174258
2019January05154053
February06174250
March05193346
April04162732
May06163852
June07174655
July05164249
August05174860
September05164452
October05173845
November07193749
December05173748
2020January05173146
February06265153

 

(d) Since the opening of Karratha Health Campus, 47 patients have been admitted to the short stay unit and then subsequently discharged. This count does not include patients that were admitted to the short stay unit and were subsequently transferred to another ward.

 

(e) Nil

 

(f) Not Applicable.

 

(g) Delays in the admission of patients from an ED setting can be caused by a number of factors, often due to decisions made as to the most appropriate place to deliver the required clinical care.  This question cannot be definitively answered without detailed case level review of ED episode length, which at this stage would inappropriately divert operational resources from COVID-19 related priorities.

 

(h) See tabled paper no.