Coping with the winter hospital demand

The Marshall Government has released another significant component of its winter demand strategy for our hospital network, this time in the Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN).

“The strategy includes the establishment of a temporary 25 bed Transitional Care Unit at Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre (HRC) to add hospital capacity leading into the first winter following the closure of the Repatriation General Hospital,” said Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade.

“The cost of establishing the Transitional Care Unit will be around $2 million and it will have almost 40 staff.

“The former Labor Government’s budget cuts under Transforming Health have placed the hospital system under enormous stress and placed patients at increased risk.

“These additional hospital beds are key to helping ease the pressure so that the hospital network will cope better with peak winter demand.

“On Monday I opened a new Emergency Extended Care Unit (EECU) of 14 bays which is the first stage of an expansion at the Lyell McEwin Hospital Emergency Department.

“The Marshall Liberal Government will continue to invest in South Australia’s hospital network to repair the damage done by the former Labor Government.”

Other CALHN initiatives for this winter include: 

• An increase in Hospital at Home;
• The utilisation of flex capacity at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital;
• Access to an additional 4 beds at Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre for wound care; and
• An additional 10 care awaiting placement (cap) beds from July 2018.

“Whilst these and other measures will help, nobody should mistake just what a difficult winter the hospital network faces,” said Minister Wade.

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