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EXCLUSIVE | 60 patients left waiting as Westmead Hospital hits capacity


An email leaked to Ray Hadley has revealed Westmead Hospital is at capacity, with 60 patients currently waiting for beds in the Emergency Department.

Acting General Manager Rebecca Tyson is asking staff to do early rounds to facilitate those who may be discharged, as well as assist with processing patients in Emergency.

See the leaked email below

The hospital says it’s “experiencing a period of high demand during this busy winter” and is “working with teams across the hospital to manage patient flow” (full statement below).

Ray Hadley says the situation is “most unsatisfactory” and a huge problem for the Health Minister.

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Director of Westmead Hospital’s Emergency Department Dr. Matthew Vukasovic has since spoken with Steve Price and says there are twice as many patients than normal.

“Since that time they’ve opened up all the spare spaces in Westmead and a lot of these patients that were waiting have been found beds, but demand is still high.”

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NSW Shadow Health Minister Ryan Park tells Steve Price there is no excuse.

“This is just ridiculous.

“It’s simply showing that we’ve got a health system that can’t cope, even with the small spike in the increase in the number of patients.”

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Full statement from Westmead Hospital Emergency Department Director Matthew Vukasovic:

“Westmead Hospital is currently experiencing a period of high demand during this busy winter. 

“The need for inpatient admissions is high, which is why we are working with teams across the hospital to manage patient flow to ensure safety and timely care.

“Our priority is to ensure all patients are being cared for in a timely manner, including those who present to our Emergency Department.

“Proactive care planning and management of patient flow is usual practice in all acute hospitals and is led by clinicians.  

“The community is reminded that Emergency Departments care for all patients but emergencies will always be prioritised. People with non-urgent conditions are encouraged to visit their GP, local pharmacy or to call HealthDirect on 1800 022 222.

“Thank you to Westmead Hospital staff for their efforts during busy times.”