27 October 2016
Ms GRALEY (Narre Warren South) — (11 924) My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Health and concerns Casey Hospital. The action I seek is that the minister ensure further support is provided to improve staff and patient safety in the emergency department of Casey Hospital, an outstanding hospital that works valiantly to meet the needs and demands of our fast-growing local community. The Andrews Labor government is already investing $135 million into a massive expansion of the hospital. The expansion will deliver 160 new beds, 4 additional operating theatres, an intensive care unit and a day surgery unit. I know local residents are excited about the project, and I look forward to working with them as part of the community advisory group for this much-needed project.
I recently met with the hardworking team at Monash Health to discuss this project and any issues they may be facing at Casey Hospital. They raised with me their concerns about behaviourally challenged patients that may be angry or upset. Current practice at Casey Hospital is to deal with behaviourally challenged patients by placing them in a single room located in the middle of the emergency department. Ambulance and police staff can only access this room by taking patients through the main emergency department where patients are waiting for treatment. To avoid placing staff and patients in the emergency department at risk, Monash Health is proposing to create a behavioural assessment room. This room will enable staff to manage a person’s behaviour by removing the patient from the public area and placing them into an allocated room at the front of the emergency department. There will also be direct access to this room from the ambulance bay area.
To ensure their proposal becomes a reality, Monash Health have applied for a grant from the Health Service Violence Prevention Fund, a fund set up by this government to address violence in healthcare settings and reduce violence against hospital staff, a really worthy project. I urge the minister to ensure that Monash Health receive the support they need to construct their behavioural assessment room.