Central Adelaide Local Health Network commits additional capacity

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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.

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  1. Robyn says:

    Firstly there are not enough doctors in emerg to push pts through more quickly. Then even if beds are available on the wards the admission process and the discharge of pts needs to have 1 nurse in morning and late shifts to process these. Nurses are now too busy looking after their pts to do all of this processing. Also when a nurse is responsible for 4 pts all of which require gloving, gowning and masking it is impossible to comply. The mix of pts needs to change or we now need to reduce out pt load to 3 pts to one nurse. At TQEH the pts are slow moving and very old needing lots of time to care for them properly. I don’t want a pay rise I want a lot less work.

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