Mondays have turn into the ugly bottleneck of the week for busy hospital emergency departments, as workers battle to cope with the weekend load in addition to an inflow of recent sufferers.
It’s contributing to excessive ambulance ramping for this time of the yr, together with final Monday when paramedics had been queued for greater than 155 hours ready handy over sufferers.
Dubbed “Mondayitis”, it’s described by medical doctors as the proper storm, as hospitals cope with admissions from the weekend in addition to incoming sufferers who delayed searching for therapy.
Australian Medical Affiliation WA emergency drugs spokesman David Mountain mentioned some unwell folks postpone getting medical care on the weekend as a result of GPs weren’t open.
“Then they go to their GPs on Monday, and these people are sicker now so they get sent to us, making Monday a higher admission day,” Dr Mountain mentioned.
However fewer sufferers had been discharged from wards on weekends so there was a scarcity of beds.
“Then we have the added issue where the busiest operating day is usually Monday because everyone wants to get their patients done at the beginning of the week so they can get them out by the end of the week,” he mentioned.
“So you end up with the inevitable Mondayitis, which is basically our system at the moment.”
WA Well being Division knowledge reveals ambulances had been queued for greater than 4000 hours in January and final month this yr — greater than double the hours in the identical interval final yr.
Monday is the worst day, making up 21 per cent of ambulances ramped up to now this yr, together with a document 182 hours of ramping on January 21.