After our negotiations with Southern Adelaide Local Health Network this week resulted in further measures to help ease overcrowding in the south, Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN)has now followed suit.
Following recent negotiations between the ANMF (SA Branch) and the CEO of Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN), CALHN has now confirmed that additional capacity will be made available to help alleviate bed-block issues at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and The Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
CALHN has advised that nursing and medical staffing challenges currently prohibit the reopening of ward 2A at Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre, but the network has instead committed to:
- Maintaining all (other) inpatient bed capacity (including winter demand capacity) until demand demonstrates these are no longer required;
- Ensuring care awaiting placement beds at Lourdes Valley are at capacity to free up sub-acute bed capacity at St Margaret’s Hospital (SMH);
- Flexing the sub-acute bed capacity at SMH to 38;
- Reviewing the criteria for admissions for SMH to admit other patients that are stable and requiring subacute care prior to discharge;
Further to the above strategies to create additional acute-care capacity, CALHN CEO Lesley Dwyer has also given a commitment to:
- Implementing a state-wide bed management policy for mental health patients, allowing access to beds across LHNs and Mental Health Model of Care;
- Maintaining the role of ED waiting room nurse;
- Exploring nurse-led discharge initiatives across the hospital;
- Addressing delays in cleaning of discharge rooms;
- Continuing to monitor activity;
- Working closely with directorates to improve discharges and patient flow; and
Putting a stop to external triaging as a priority.