The Wide Bay Hospital and Health board aims to reduce ambulance ramping issues at the Hervey Bay Hospital.
The Wide Bay Hospital and Health board aims to reduce ambulance ramping issues at the Hervey Bay Hospital. Valerie Horton

Portfolio move to cut ramping at Hervey Bay Hospital

THE Wide Bay Hospital and Health board is optimistic the new alignment of the Queensland Ambulance Service with Queensland Health will have positive outcomes for ramping issues at the Hervey Bay Hospital.

Deputy chairwoman Barbara Hovard said at a practical level, the operation of the Fraser Coast's ambulance services will be more streamlined with the shift from the Minister for Police and Community Safety's portfolio to Queensland Health.

"The ultimate objective is to reduce the ramping issues at the Hervey Bay Hospital," she said.

"There have been some instances of ambulances ramping at crucial times. Streamlining these services will help us to work together to improve the system."

Nearly 85% of day-to-day ambulance work relates directly to Queensland Health services.

After the release of the Keelty Report on Tuesday, the State Government announced it would adopt most recommendations of the review into the emergency services.

Mrs Hovard said the Wide Bay Hospital and Health board had some of the measures already in place.

"We already try to minimise the use of the ambulance for non-emergency patient transport," she said.

"Transport remains a very big problem for rural areas."

Another suggestion in the report was technology to share patient details between Queensland Health and the QAS, meaning a patient's existing condition and allergies would available on the front line. The alignment would also assist with the development of triage and pre-emergency department options, the report said.



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