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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 10 Hansard (Thursday, 14 September 2017) . . Page.. 3771 ..


4. Increases in bed occupancy cannot necessarily be solely attributed to flu season.

5. Waiting times and average presentations per day cannot necessarily be solely attributed to flu season.

6. Yes, during the period from 1 July 2017 till 10 September 2017, there has been a total of 72 days on which Canberra Hospital has been over 90 per cent occupancy.

7. Laboratory testing to determine similarity between the flu vaccine and circulating strains can only be done at the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza in Melbourne, and is only done on a small proportion of influenza samples collected around Australia annually. Based on testing to 24 July 2017, the 2017 seasonal influenza vaccines appear to be a good match to circulating influenza virus strains.

Canberra Hospital—emergency patient discharge
(Question No 362)

Mrs Dunne asked the Health and Wellbeing, upon notice, on 4 August 2017:

In relation to the answer to a question taken on notice on 9 May 2017 about patients being discharged from The Canberra Hospital following the switchboard fire on 5 April 2017, (a) how many of the 60 discharged patients were assessed for re-admission to hospital, (b) were all such patients re-admitted within 28 days; if not, (i) how many were not, (ii) why were they not and (iii) in what time-frame were they re-admitted.

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

(a) As per the normal process for patient discharge at Canberra Hospital, all patients who were discharged on 5 April 2017 were deemed to be clinically appropriate for discharge by medical and nursing teams. Of these, 21 patients re-presented to Canberra Hospital within 28 days of their discharge on 5 April 2017.

(b) Of the 21 patients who represented within 28 days of their discharge on 5 April 2017, 18 were admitted as per the normal process. These subsequent presentations and readmissions were not necessarily related to the earlier episodes of care.

(i) Three patients were not admitted.

(ii) The three patients who presented and were not admitted were not deemed clinically appropriate for admission.

(iii) The 18 patients who represented, as outlined above, were readmitted within 28 days.

Hospitals—bed availability
(Question No 363)

Mrs Dunne asked the Health and Wellbeing, upon notice, on 4 August 2017:

(1) How many beds are in each public hospital in the ACT.


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