The Sunshine Coast has been dubbed the worst performing region in Queensland for ambulance ramp rates, with almost half of patients waiting longer than the recommended 30 minutes.
The Sunshine Coast has been dubbed the worst performing region in Queensland for ambulance ramp rates, with almost half of patients waiting longer than the recommended 30 minutes.

Sunshine Coast hospital ramp rate worst in state

LATEST Queensland Health data has revealed almost half of all patients taken to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital by ambulance were not seen within the recommended time, making it Queensland's worst performer for ambulance ramping rates.

State Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington has launched an attack on the Palaszczuk Government off the back of the figures for February, with claim the ramping rates have continued to rise since the State Election in November 2017.

The data showed 48 per cent of patients ramped at Sunshine Coast University Hospital, Birtinya, waited longer than the recommended 30 minutes.

This was above the state average rate of 29 per cent.

Nambour Hospital's ramping rate was 34 per cent, but Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service clinical director of medical services Ben Close said this data published on Queensland Health's website included Noosa Private Hospital.

Sunshine Coast University Hospital was the worst performer in Queensland for ambulance ramping times in February this year.
Sunshine Coast University Hospital was the worst performer in Queensland for ambulance ramping times in February this year.

Dr Close said in February 2020, SCUH's emergency department presentations had increased by 13 per cent to 2803, up from 2519 in February 2019.

"Despite this increase, 100 per cent of our sickest patients (Category 1) were treated within two minutes," Dr Close said.

He said Nambour Hospital experienced an 11 per cent increase in emergency department presentations in the same period.

The LNP said the latest ambulance ramping figures represented a surge of 24 per cent at SCUH and 16 per cent at Nambour Hospital since November 2017.

Within the recommended 30-minute window, ambulances park at the hospital, the patient is safely unloaded and moved into the triage area, patients are triaged by a specialised emergency nurse and transferred to an available bed elsewhere within the emergency department, then there is a full clinical handover between the Queensland Ambulance Service paramedic and the treating emergency department clinical team.

Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health patients receive continuous clinical care from paramedics and emergency department staff, and are categorised on urgency, rather than on a first-in, first-served basis.

Ms Frecklington accused Labor of failing to deliver a world-class public health system for Queenslanders.

"The LNP will put patients first and ensure our hardworking frontline nurses, paramedics, midwives and doctors have the resources they need," Ms Frecklington said.

"The LNP will restore performance targets to drive better outcomes.

"This will form part of the LNP's patient care guarantee and improve patient care no matter where people live."

Opposition health spokeswoman Ros Bates said Labor had failed to plan for growth and its hospital building budget had been cut by $203 million.

"Labor's wasted millions on failed IT projects and renaming the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital was the wrong priority," she said.


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