Taking a browse through Budget Paper 2 we find:
For the Hospital:
The Government will contribute $5.0 million to the Australian Capital Territory in 2014-15 towards the development of a dedicated service for children within the Emergency Department of the Canberra Hospital. This will help streamline and better coordinate paediatric emergency and inpatient services for around 15,000 [...]
Normally when there’s hospital data out the Chief Minister can be relied on to put a rosy spin on even the worst numbers.
Today there has been curious silence.
Liberal Leader Jeremy Hanson on the other hand has lots to say:
ACT Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson said today that the emergency department waiting times over the past three [...]
The ABC has the strange news from Assembly committee hearings that Chief Minister Gallagher is wrestling with where to build health infrastructure costing nigh on a billion dollars as she tries to decide whether Canberra Hospital needs a new tower block:
She says she will make a final decision before the budget in June on [...]
The Health Directorate have posted a remarkable warning:
ACT Health is today advising staff, patients and visitors who visited levels 7 and 9 of the main tower block at Canberra Hospital yesterday about the detection of airborne fibres following recent air monitoring.
It is important to note that the steps that the hospital is taking are [...]
Keiran sent us this little image.
Thought this might interest not under bad parking but an absolute cracker visiting Dad at Canberra Hospital.
Canberra Hospital and Health Services Deputy Director-General, Ian Thompson has warned Canberrans that technical issues are causing delays for non-urgent cases at Canberra Hospital.
“Work is currently under way to resolve these issues, but it is not clear when the work will be complete,” Mr Thompson said,
“Patients who present to the Canberra Hospital Emergency Department [...]
ABC News has run a story about mental health patients quitting their treatments early because they are being denied a smoke. Starting this year a smoking ban was implemented into Canberra Hospital’s new psychiatric facility, banning patients from smoking outdoors in the facility’s designated smoking areas.
Does anyone else feel that denying people who are obviously [...]
Every year around 650 babies are admitted to the Neonatal Unit at the Canberra Hospital, beginning their life by fighting for it.
Over 150 of these babies will require assistance simply to breathe, using ventilation equipment not available elsewhere. Some of these babies are born extremely premature and weigh in at only 500 grams; some are [...]
Liberal Leader Jeremy Hanson is calling for an audit of the ever worsening hospital emergency departments:
“The latest figures show that only 42 per cent of patients requiring urgent treatment and 44 per cent of patients requiring semi-urgent treatment were seen on time,” Mr Hanson said.
“The lack of access to the emergency department is having a [...]
Chief Minister Gallagher has announced she’s sold the services of Canberra Hospital’s renal care and heart attack treatment to the NSW Government for the surrounding regions:
The renal agreement, which is for five years, commits the ACT Health Directorate and Southern New South Wales Local Health District (SNSWLHD) to providing renal care, including dialysis and post-transplant [...]
My 88 year old aunt has been in Canberra Hospital for 16 out of the last 18 days. After being discharged after 8 days she went home only to call an ambulance within 48 hrs. When back in casualty the second time, neither of the 2 doctors (although very friendly and nice) bothered to check [...]
The Liberals’ Jeremy Hanson is taking a swing at the latest awful numbers coming out of the emergency department:
“Waiting times are worse in every category, worryingly only 42 per cent of patients requiring urgent treatment and 44 per cent of patients requiring semi-urgent treatment were seen on time,” Mr Hanson said.
“For six years Katy Gallagher [...]
I submitted a referral to canberra hospital outpatient clinics well before xmas. I have confirmed that they recieved it, but apparently it is still waiting to be triaged. I asked about the xmas shutdown for this clinic and it was only very minimal, so no real explanation as to why it is taking [...]
The Impacted Nurse has tweeted us (and Jeremy Lasek showing a keen understanding of who runs this town) with his concerns for the upcoming flu season and the impacts it has on the emergency department.
@the_riotact @lasekjeremy An open post to my community: impactednurse.com/?p=5443
— impactednurse (@impactednurse) January 22, 2013
I have been working as a nurse in [...]
Chief Minister Gallagher is welcoming a big group of 96 medical interns:
ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, has welcomed 96 new medical interns who have commenced their clinical work at Canberra Hospital after a week of orientation.
“This is the biggest intake of intern doctors to ever join the ACT healthcare system, and [...]
The Health Directorate has given warning that they’re cutting up a pedestrian bridge they don’t like at the hospital next week:
“Construction on the Canberra Region Cancer Centre ‘topped out’ in September – meaning the structure reached its highest peak,” Dr Brown said.
“To allow for continued construction and installation of the facade of the new building, [...]
The ABC has some first rate glitter rolling by Chief Minister Gallagher after her data manipulating staff at the health directorate failed to meet their targets for emergency room performance:
But Chief Minister Katy Gallagher believes the so-called reward money will be made available.
“They’ve actually looked at what we are doing to address the timeliness, the [...]
It’s about time Canberra Hospital got serious about enforcing the total smoking ban at this health care facility and backing it up with on the spot fines.
The inconsiderate desperadoes that blithely puff away under the no smoking signs could well contribute to the cost of their own treatment and should be actively deterred from [...]
A curious one here from Team Katy:
If re-elected ACT Labor, in partnership with the Federal Labor Government, will provide $5.8 million towards the establishment of a dedicated service for children in the Canberra Hospital Emergency Department (paediatric stream).
We will kick start this new paediatric response by providing ongoing funding for a Paediatric Clinical Nurse Consultant [...]
The long awaited list of Liberal promises on health (at one page a bit light be called a policy document) is finally with us:
“A Canberra Liberals Government will get Canberra’s health system back on track by injecting $224 million towards:
– Delivering 5,500 more elective surgery operations over the next four years
– Providing 60 additional general [...]
Team Katy is throwing another bucket of cash at the hospital despite telling us for years they were funding it adequately:
If re-elected, ACT Labor will invest $80 million to meet the growing demand for elective surgery.
Our commitment will deliver 5,000 more operations over the next four years. This includes a commitment to provide 30 more [...]
It feels like another day brings another health funding promise:
As part of our commitment to provide a further 170 beds by investing almost $170 million in our public hospital capacity, provide at least $19 million to boost emergency care, and employ more than 500 doctors, nurses and health professionals a re-elected ACT Labor Government will:
Chief Minister Gallagher has announced another bung for cancer issues:
If re-elected ACT Labor will invest almost $20 million to provide more cancer outpatient services, employ more doctors and nurses, expand lymphoedema services and support ANU cancer research.
Director-General of the Health Directorate (that’s a lot of directing) Dr Peggy Brown has announced her plan to speed up the Emergency Department at Canberra Hospital:
“The Health Directorate is in the process of implementing a number of initiatives to make our ED the best it can possibly be,” said Dr Brown.
The ED is increasing its [...]
The Liberals’ Jeremy Hanson is having a right old dig at the Chief Minister this morning:
ACT Shadow Health Minister Jeremy Hanson is calling on Katy Gallagher to apologise to the patients whose cancer treatment was reportedly changed at short notice to fit in with her media schedule. Mr Hanson said it is unacceptable for the [...]
The Liberals’ Jeremy Hanson is doing a fine job of putting the frighteners up us this morning on standards compliance at the Canberra Hospital:
ACT Shadow Health Minister Jeremy Hanson said today that an internal audit of the Canberra Hospital’s compliance with the Surgical Safety Checklist has identified appalling levels of non-compliance that has put [...]
Chief Minister Gallagher has announced the opening of a linear accelerator at Canberra Hospital to increase cancer treatment:
A linear accelerator (Linac) is a device used for external beam radiation treatments for patients with cancer. It delivers high-energy x-rays direct to the region of the patient’s tumour. These x-ray treatments are designed in such a way [...]
An intriguing set of documents thrown up on the Open FOI website.
Someone has asked for documents relating to “Identification of issues with emergency department data in February 2012″.
First we have an email from Andrew Bailey, to Lee Martin, Phil Ghirardello, Michael Hall, Kate Jackson (the only person to resign over the health statistics fraud), and [...]
A bit late to the party, the Canberra Liberals are kicking the can along the road following yesterday’s frankly shocking admissions that the Chief Minister had neglected to mention before that she’d holidayed in the South of France with Kate Jackson (the only named member of what the Auditor-General suspects was a group who doctored [...]
The Canberra Times is all over Chief Minister Gallagher’s late admission that she’s been on hols in 2010 with the only identified member of the Canberra Hospital health statistics scandal.
Chief Minister Katy Gallagher spent time during a 2010 overseas holiday with the Canberra Hospital executive who later confessed to tampering with emergency department data.
Ms Gallagher [...]
Katy Gallagher, ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Health, has credited Canberra Hospital’s two new food management systems with improving patient experience.
Canberra Hospital’s MyMeal system, which can create custom patient menus, was launched earlier this year. The DIETpas system, which accesses patient information to generate orders suited to the patient’s specific requirements, was introduced to accompany it [...]
Chief Minister Gallagher is paying tribute to Dr Damian McMahon, Director of Shock Trauma Services for the Health Directorate.
“Sadly, I was informed yesterday of Dr McMahon’s death,” the Chief Minister said.
“Damian was a keen supporter of public hospitals and has worked tirelessly to improve the clinical services for the people of Canberra and the surrounding [...]