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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 4 Hansard (12 April) . .

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b. One internal clinical review undertaken for the one person who has died from a methadone overdose.

c. Two recommendations were made, one related to a process regarding medical assessments and documentation of follow up appointments.

d. ACT Health implemented both recommendations made from the internal review.

e. The recommendations were implemented in July 2017.

f. ACT Health implemented both recommendations.

Canberra Hospital—bed occupancy rates (Question No 886)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Health and Wellbeing, upon notice, on 16 February 2018:

(1) How often was The Canberra Hospital (TCH) over 100 percent occupancy during the months of July, August and September 2017 and on how many days in each month was TCH over 100 percent.

(2) How often were there more than 11 bed booked patients in the Emergency Department of TCH during the months of July, August and September 2017.

(3) How often were all surge beds open in the Emergency Department of TCH during the months of July, August and September 2017.

(4) How often was TCH unable to decant the resuscitation room during the months of July, August and September 2017.

(5) How often was TCH unable to admit patients from other hospitals during the months of July, August and September 2017.

(6) How often were isolation beds unavailable at TCH during the months of July, August and September 2017.

(7) How often was cohorting unable to be implemented at TCH during the months of July, August and September 2017.

(8) How often was TCH Intensive Care Unit over capacity during the months of July, August and September 2017.

(9) How many surgeries were cancelled at TCH during the months of July, August and September 2017 and how many surgeries were cancelled in each month.

Ms Fitzharris: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) Occupancy of Canberra Hospital fluctuates throughout the course of the day due to patient movement. Between July and September 2017 Australia experienced the busiest influenza season since the 2009 pandemic year. Canberra Hospital commenced most days operating near, at, or over 100 per cent occupancy during the months of July, August and September 2017.

(2) There were more than 11 bed booked patients in the Emergency Department of Canberra Hospital for 771 hours in this period who had their care transferred to the accepting physician.


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