DOCTORS, NURSES AND PARAMEDICS RISE TO THE CHALLENGE IN HOBSONS BAY
Victoria’s hospitals and paramedics are rising to the challenge of record demand caused by a busy flu season, the latest performance data shows.
Across the state, ambulances recorded the best ever response for the quarter, despite responding to more than 8,500 extra Code 1 emergency patients than the same quarter a year earlier.
In the City of Hobsons Bay, 87.8 per cent of Code 1 ambulances arrived within 15 minutes – better than the 87.6 per cent a year prior.
Ambulances are also turning out to more emergencies. In Hobsons Bay, ambulances responded to 1068 Code 1 cases, up on the 952 responses in the June quarter 2018.
Across the state, hospital emergency departments saw nearly 32,000 extra patients compared with the same quarter last year. Williamstown Hospital treated 100 per cent of its Category 1 emergency patients immediately upon arrival at the hospital. The hospital also:
- Reduced its elective surgery waiting lists to 828 patients – down from 834 three months earlier
- Operated on more than half of Category 1 urgent elective surgery patients within eight days – three minutes faster than the previous quarter, and well under the 30-day benchmark
- Treated more than half of all elective surgery patients within 26 days – 12 days faster than three months earlier
- Completed the transfer of 98 per cent of patients who arrived at the hospital in an ambulance in the June quarter within the target of 40 minutes, up on its 95.5 per cent transfer rate a year earlier, and well above the benchmark of 90 per cent.
The busy flu season has put enormous strain on our nurses, doctors and paramedics. Already, there have been more than 40,000 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza across the state, including 10,000 children and more than 70 deaths.
That’s why we’re backing our health services with a record $12.2 billion investment, including a record $2.5 billion in the Victorian Budget 2019/20.
The Andrews Labor Government is stepping up its fight against the flu, making the flu vaccination compulsory for frontline staff in hospital wards.
The Government is working with health experts, unions and hospitals on new rules that ensure nurses, doctors and other staff are fully vaccinated against a host of diseases, including the flu.
High-risk areas such as Intensive Care Units, Neonatal Intensive Care Units and cancer wards will all become areas that staff must be vaccinated. Workers who refuse to be vaccinated will be redeployed to other parts of the hospital.
Quotes attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy
“There’s no doubt about it – vaccinations are safe, effective and save lives. That’s why we’re taking action to make sure health workers and patients are protected against dangerous diseases.”
Quote attributable to Member for Williamstown Melissa Horne
“The flu season has hit hard and hit early, but our nurses, doctors and paramedics in Hobsons Bay have done an exceptional job rising to the challenge.”