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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 6 Hansard (7 June) . . Page.. 2255 ..


(13b) The ACT Government ACT Road Safety Strategy provides a framework for addressing road safety throughout the ACT. ACT Policing works in partnership with other ACT Government agencies to support implementation of this strategy. In June 2017 I issued a Ministerial Direction outlining that the ACT Government expected ACT Policing to focus on combating dangerous and anti-social driving as a key strategic priority. ACT Policing advises that they undertake specific traffic targeting patrols along Ginninderra Drive as resources allow. These patrols are in addition to the regular patrols that are conducted in Belconnen.

Hospitals—alert system (Question No 1265)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Health and Wellbeing, upon notice, on 13 April 2018:

(1) In relation to the answer, dated 14 March 2018, given to the question without notice taken on notice on 14 February 2018 about hospital capacity, (a) what alert system is used at Calvary Public Hospital for bed management and patient flow, (b) to what extent is that system used in public hospitals in other jurisdictions, (c) what are the code levels used in that system, (d) what are the trigger points for each level and (e) on how many days was a "Code Yellow" activated at Calvary Public Hospital for each month from 1 July 2017 to 31 March 2018.

(2) To what extent is the Alert Level scale currently used at The Canberra Hospital (TCH) used at public hospitals in other jurisdictions.

(3) Why did TCH change its bed management and patient flow alert system from the colour code system to the Alert Level scale.

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

(1)(a) The Daily Operational Planning (DOP) meeting at Calvary Public Hospital Bruce uses the 'traffic light' system to assess bed management and patient flow. The currents status of the hospital, known demand, and anticipated demand, are assessed along with other factors including discharge of patients and staffing.

(b) Most acute care hospitals use a Daily Operational Planning meeting or equivalent forum to assess the current and expected operations of the service.

(c) If required, the DOP meeting will be reconvened as required during a day, to monitor patient flow with the traffic light system describing the situation on each occasion. The DOP may activate the Demand Escalation Plan which, at a higher level, may activate the Hospital Emergency Plan which includes the Code Yellow response (compliant to AS 4083-2010: Planning for Emergencies - Health Care Facilities).

(d) There is no set trigger point. The situation is assessed using data including, but not limited to, admitted patients, patients waiting for admission, patients being treated or waiting in the Emergency Department, staffing levels and staffing mix, planned discharge of patients and delayed discharges, and activity and flow status in other


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