As the state’s frontline health services continue to be stretched by sick staff and rising patient numbers, more Victorians than ever before are waiting for urgent ambulance responses or emergency department visits.
Victoria’s latest quarterly health performance data released on Saturday showed more than a day stuck in emergency departments waiting for beds to become available at hospitals grappling with COVID, flu and care. It shows a dramatic increase in the number of people who have been postponed due to the pandemic.
Between April and June of this year, 1844 patients remained in ED for 24 hours or longer, a more than four-fold increase over the course of the year.
Meanwhile, Ambulance Victoria is well short of its goal of reaching 85% of the state’s Code 1 cases within 15 minutes after breaking its Code 1 requests record for the third consecutive quarter.
Of these priority patients, only 64% arrived within this time frame, instead many paramedics were stranded in crowded emergency departments for long periods of time, with more than 40% of ambulance patients waiting 40 minutes or longer. I was in line waiting to be hospitalized. .
Fortunately, the number of people in Victoria waiting for ‘planned’ or elective surgery has improved slightly, now standing at just over 87,000, down around 1,600.
However, the data do not contain the latest omicron wave peaks. This disrupted elective surgeries as a COVID-19 patient occupied a bed or a staff member caught her COVID, flu, or other winter illness.
Victoria’s Health Minister Mary Ann Thomas said it was not yet possible to say with confidence that the waiting list for elective surgeries will continue to decline over the next few months.
Victorian Ambulance Department no longer has wait times, preventing Ambulances from reaching Code 1 time slots
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