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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 7 Hansard (6 June) . . Page.. 2172..

ACT Hospice - the unexpended sum of $262,000 relates to savings on the project (against a budget of $4.6M) that had been held over pending completion of a post occupation review and a decision on whether any deferred elements of the project should be re-included. These funds have since been directed to further improvements to the facility, such as air-conditioning to non-patient areas, and will be fully expended.

Burrangiri - This project was deferred pending a review of the service model and a reassessment of the need and extent of internal refurbishment. The project has been reactivated and funds have been directed to improvements in internal finishes and fittings. This project is now complete.

The minor new works component of $18,000 was an underspend (of the original $85,000 allocation) for the 2000/2001 financial year. These funds have since been redirected to urgent improvements to building services at the Watson facility accommodating the Ted Noffs adolescent drug and alcohol service.


Canberra Hospital-beds

(Question No 218)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 6 June 2002:

(1) As at 31 May 2002, how many beds in Canberra Hospital were occupied by patients who could have been accommodated in:

(a) a convalescent facility;

(b) nursing home accommodation.

(2) What percentage do these combined totals represent of the total hospital beds open on 31 May 2002.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member's question is:

(1) (a) Existing information systems at The Canberra Hospital (TCH) do not collect data on the number of beds allocated to patients suitable for accommodation in a convalescent facility. In order to answer Mr Cornwell's question an audit of patients was conducted by senior nursing staff at TCH on Friday 7 June 2002.

The results of the audit on 7 June 2002 identified five beds were occupied by patients who could have been accommodated in a convalescent facility.

(1) (b) In the audit of 7 June 2002 senior nursing staff identified 23 beds occupied by patients who could have been accommodated in a nursing home and one bed occupied by a patient who could have been accommodated in a hostel.

(2) 6.04% of the total hospital beds (480) open on 7 June 2002 were occupied by the combined total of patients (29) identified above.

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