Another stuff up at the Royal Adelaide Hospital


Earlier this year we reported that the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) had failed to obtain unconditional accreditation for Junior Medical Officers (JMOs) due to, among other things, concerns about excessive workloads and privacy issues arising from the use of open plan work spaces.

Our South Australian Branch have been raising issues about high workloads and regular occurrences of "ambulance ramping", which occurs when there is no emergency bed available for a patient to be transferred into.

In another blunder at the RAH pregnant staff have been banned from treating patients as they arrive by ambulance due to design flaws in the $2.4 billion Hospital.

This is because diesel fumes from ambulances ramped in the emergency department carpark were considered such a hazard, an edict went out prohibiting pregnant nurses from being in the area.

Hospital management then brought in industrial-strength fans to clear the fumes and noise levels reached 93.9 decibels and averaged 86.3 decibels. Patients had to shout their conditions over the noise and important intercom messages could not be heard.

Staff and patient safety was further compromised by “eddies” of diesel fumes, which settled outside the ED doors, floating in each time the doors opened.

The problems are the result of poor hospital design, incompetent architects, and not listening to doctors & nurses.

“Thankfully in NSW we have Health Infrastructure which was established over a decade ago to ensure this type of thing does not occur. They oversee the planning, design and construction of hospitals in NSW and are generally pretty good at forging the necessary relationships and listening to hospital staff”, said ASMOF NSW President, Dr Tony Sara.