Another shocking month of ambulance ramping at Perth hospitals

May 11th, 2015 by: Kwinana Electorale Office

Fast Facts:

  • Ambulance ramping in April this year 55 per cent worse than April 2014
  • Fiona Stanley Hospital opening fails to reduce ramping across Perth
  • Each month of 2015 has been worse than 2014 for ambulance ramping
  • Ambulance ramping is where a patient is left waiting more than 20 minutes either in an ambulance or ED holding are before being handed over to hospital staff

Health Minister Kim Hames must explain how, months after the opening of Fiona Stanley Hospital, ambulance ramping in 2015 continues to be far worse than 2014.

The latest Department of Health figures have revealed ramping for this April was 55 per cent worse than 2014.

Ambulances were ramped outside Perth hospitals for 766 hours in April this year, compared to 494 hours in April 2014. This is the second-worst April on record.

So far this year, ambulances have been ramped outside Perth hospitals for 3,835 hours. At the same point last year, there was 3,124 hours of ramping – this is a 22 per cent increase.

It’s clear the opening of Fiona Stanley Hospital has failed to stem the tide of ambulance ramping at Perth hospitals as promised by the Barnett Government. So far this year, each month has been worse than the same period last year.

Hospital

2015

2014

Difference
Armadale/Kelmscott

10.6

40.9

-74%

Fremantle/FSH

164.1

74

122%

Joondalup

235.7

108.5

117%

Royal Perth Hospital

71.8

142.9

-50%

Rockingham

22.7

8.7

161%

Sir Charles

81.9

20.6

298%

Swan Districts

179.3

98.7

82%

“The Minister can’t keep blaming this on ‘teething problems’. We have a serious problem with ambulance ramping in our city and it’s clear that it’s not going to go away just because we’ve opened another hospital.

“Surely we should be able to expect that, after the opening of our new world-class hospital, ambulance ramping would start to decline. Instead, it’s much higher than last year and isn’t showing signs of slowing down.

“With the colder months approaching, we’re going to see more people coming through emergency departments with flu and other illnesses. Unless the Barnett Government takes drastic action, ambulance ramping will continue.

“This is not the way our health system should operate in 2015. Kim Hames said Fiona Stanley Hospital will fix the ramping problem. It’s clear from his years of failure to address the issue that he’s just not up to it, and should handover this responsibility to someone who is.”

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