SA Health puts winter plan into place

Thursday, 15 June 2017

SA Health is today enacting its winter demand management plan following a significant increase in hospital demand this week.

SA Health Deputy Chief Executive Don Frater said that a number of strategies had been prepared to ease pressure on metropolitan hospitals in peak winter periods.

“This week we have had some of the busiest days our hospitals have experienced so far this year,” Mr Frater said.

“As a result we are enacting our winter demand management plan to free up as many beds in our hospitals as possible to manage this demand.

“From yesterday we postponed a number of non-urgent elective surgeries and we are now in the process of informing impacted community members.

“Where appropriate we are also relocating some patients to peri-urban hospitals to help ease the pressure on our metropolitan hospitals.

“Where it is safe to do so, we are continuing to assist patients to be discharged from hospital earlier through the use of Hospital at Home program and other services.

“Thanks to collaboration between SA Ambulance Service, metropolitan and country hospitals, we will ensure that all of our Emergency Departments are prepared to meet any additional demand.

“I want to acknowledge those patients who may be impacted and thank them for their understanding at this time.

“I would also like to thank all the doctors, nurses, paramedics and staff across our system for their hard work during this period of increased demand.”

Mr Frater said the community also has an important role to play in easing the demand on hospitals during peak periods.

“It is important that you use your General Practitioner or pharmacist for minor illnesses, like a cough or cold.

“However anyone that is in an emergency or life threatening situation should always call triple zero (000) or present at an emergency department as soon as possible.”

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