Time Patients Waited For A Bed At Flinders Medical Centre ED Down By 21 %

Time Patients Waited For A Bed At Flinders Medical Centre ED Down By 21 %

South Australia Minister for Health Peter Malinauskas

New ED Program To Be Rolled Out To Major Hospitals

Victor P Taffa

State Government will implement a targeted program to major hospitals that has already seen significant improvements in care provided to patients in Adelaide’s south.

“SA Health is implementing a program that saw patients at Flinders Medical Centre spend less time in hospital and the average waiting time for emergency theatre drop by 30 %.” Minister for Health Peter Malinauskas said.

“We need to take these examples of great care and improvements and replicate them right across our hospitals.”

In the second half of 2017, the program reduced the time patients waited for a bed after presenting to the Flinders Medical Centre Emergency Department by 21 %.

“This is why we are investing in major infrastructure upgrades to the emergency departments in Lyell McEwin, Flinders Medical Centre, Modbury and The Queen Elizabeth hospitals.” Minister Malinauskas said.

Program at Flinders Medical Centre, introduced in early 2017, focussed on developing new care pathways, strengthening links with out of hospital services and improving access to diagnostic services and emergency theatre, especially after hours.

It also trialled new measures aimed at improving the patient journey from the Emergency Department to inpatient areas.

Extension of the program comes as the Report on Government Services 2018 is released today, showing South Australians are living longer, elective surgery wait tines are down and South Australia women lead the nation in breast cancer screening.

Report shows more South Australian children aged between 12 and 15 months were fully immunised in 2016-17 than the national average.

Key indicators on elective surgery wait times, such as the number of days that 90 % of patients wait for surgery reveal South Australia is outperforming the national average.

Despite increasing demand, the South Australian Ambulance Service received high overall satisfaction rates in arrival times and treatment in 2016-17.


Report of Government Services 2018 provides comparative data between states and territories across a range of key areas of health service delivery.

Report also finds South Australians also have the second highest availability and access to GP’s in the country, compared to other states.

South Australia has the equal highest number of hospital beds in public hospitals per person when compared with other Australian States and Territories, and 8 % more beds per person than the national average.

South Australia also has more nurses per capita than any other mainland state.



ED       Emergency Department

GP       General Practitioner

SA       South Australia