Australian opposition promises to work with South Australia to tackle ambulance runaway

The Australian Labor Party has partnered with the South Australian Labor Party government to expand Adelaide’s health capabilities and confront the city’s surge in ambulances if elected in the upcoming federal elections on May 21. ..

Under the partnership, the Flinders Medical Center will have a $ 400 million (US $ 283 million) expansion, 160 new beds south of Adelaide, 136 in the medical center and 24 more beds in Lepat Hospital.

These expansions are expected to reduce impediments to hospitalization by providing space for patients to be discharged quickly from the Emergency Department (ED) and minimizing the possibility of a surge.

Ambulance tilt is a term used when a patient waits for more than 30 minutes behind an ambulance outside the hospital for complete ED.

November 2021, ABC The South Australian (SA) healthcare system reported that it was addressing an ongoing surge of crisis with patients spending up to five hours behind an ambulance.

Centre-left Labor leader Anthony Albanese said Monday that the current government could not help the Flinders Medical Center invest in the future and South Australia’s unprecedented surge in crisis. Said that.

“I would like to partner with Peter Malinauskas to provide the people of southern Adelaide with the medical care they deserve,” he said.

This was after the recently elected Prime Minister Marinauskas worked on ambulances as the main focus of his successful state election campaign.

“South Australians know I’m determined to solve the surge in crisis,” he said.

“This is a partnership needed to reduce ramping and ensure that Flinders are equipped to provide high quality care. And it dramatically reduces pressure on the entire hospital network. prize.”

In addition to the 160 new beds, mostly in single rooms, to improve patient privacy and infection control, the upgrade expands the intensive care unit, which is under constant pressure.

New operating rooms have also been built to enhance the capabilities of emergency and elective surgery, and the Margaret Tobin Center for Mental Health sees significant upgrades with more beds in both Mental Health Intensive Care Units and General Wards. Will be.

The lack of a mental health bed in the hospital system means that many mental health patients stay in the ED for extended periods of time, which is believed to be the main cause of ramping.

As part of South Australia’s health-improving workers’ plans, Albanese has also vowed to bring nurses to a 24-hour, 24/7 care facility to relieve ED pressure.

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COVID-19 Test Center at Reactivating the Repat Hospital in Adelaide, Australia, March 11, 2020. (Photo courtesy of Tracey Nearmy / Getty Images)

Meanwhile, if re-elected, the Liberal Party of Australia government has found a way to keep older people away from hospital EDs to ease pressure across the country by spending $ 24 million on innovative research through Australian universities. ..

In South Australia, Flinders University is working with the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHN) and SA Ambulance Service to reach out to patients and the medical community to find the best way to advance the treatment of nearly 25% of older Australians. find. Of all the ED visits, the media release said Wednesday.

Craig Whitehead, associate professor at Flinders University, senior care director at SALHN, and senior researcher at the project said:

“They are not always in a life-threatening situation, but older people need urgent and complex care, which can often be better managed outside the emergency department.”

In late 2021, SALHN established a new treatment model for elderly patients called CARE. It is designed to provide an alternative treatment route for ED when emergency care is not needed.

“Evidence shows that hospitalization avoidance programs may be effective treatments, so patients, geriatrics, emergency physicians, state ambulance services, related health and nursing, and hospital management. We worked with others to design this model, “said Whitehead.

Whitehead welcomed $ 1.1 million in Liberal Government funding currently awarded to his team to evaluate the results of new models for patients, families, medical services, and service improvements.

Workers’ complete Flinders Medical Center upgrade plan is expected to be completed by 2028, and if workers are successful, detailed planning work will begin in collaboration between the federal and SA governments after the election. It’s a schedule.

Steve Milne


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