Our Warrnambool Base Hospital recorded a staggering 20.7 percent increase in inpatients between the final quarters of 2015 and 2016. The 5,016 inpatients staff cared for between October and December last year was 860 more than the 4,156 cared for 12 months earlier.
Meantime a 37.1 percent spike in the number of patients admitted for same-day treatment was also recorded for the same period: 754 more same-day-treatment patients were admitted in the last quarter of last year (2,878) compared to 2015’s 2,033.
Our Warrnambool Emergency Department also experienced increased demand – up 3.4 percent from the 6,068 treated in the final quarter of 2015 compared to the 6,277 treated in the final quarter of 2016.
Our Camperdown Hospital also rose to the challenge of increased demand recording a 2.8% increase in same-day-treatment patients. The 219 same-day-treatment patients staff cared for between October and December last year was six more than the 213 a year earlier. Meanwhile there was little change in the number of total patients admitted: 397 compared to 391. (There are no emergency department statistics for Camperdown because this hospital’s ‘emergency department’ is an urgent care centre.)
CEO John Krygger says all staff are to be congratulated on caring for 1,823 more people in the one quarter than ever before, particularly those working in the Warrnambool Base Hospital’s Emergency Department and Operating Suite. These facilities are waiting on stage 2 funding for desperately needed upgrades to match the 2013 upgraded acute facilities at our Warrnambool Base.
‘If we didn’t have such tremendously committed and skilled staff we may not have responded so well with the recent surge in demand. Securing stage 2 funding will enhance our capacity to safely handle the predicted increased throughput in the future,’ he says.
photo > Celebrating the news of our incredible performance over October, November and December are our Emergency Department’s Tara Trickey (from left), Jacob Morris, Chloe Smith, Julie Dawson, Jessica Brereton, Chelsea Purcell and Annette Kelson.