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Public emergency department status

This map and the data presented on this page is not intended to provide advice to people with severe injuries. In all cases, patients should attend their nearest emergency department to seek treatment.


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Last updated: 1 July 2016 - 1:48 AM
24 hour

Hospital with 24 hour emergency departments.

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About estimated median time to treatment

Figures presented on this page provide historical data that may be an indication of waiting times in the Emergency Department at the time the data is viewed.

The information presented is derived from historical data and may not represent actual waiting time.

The median of a list of waiting times can be found by arranging them from lowest time to treatment to the longest time to treatment and picking the middle one.

About hospital bypass

Hospital bypass aims to ensure the safety and quality of care in emergency department patients. Hospital bypass involves the diversion of some ambulances coming to the hospital to another nearby hospital.

About Hospital Early Warning System

A period of HEWS (Hospital Early Warning System) occurs when a hospital asks Ambulance Victoria to redirect ambulances with patients with less urgent conditions, patients who haven’t been to the hospital before and ambulances not already on their way.

All major hospitals have a HEWS plan. HEWS activities are a whole-of-hospital approach to avoiding bypass. They involve doctors, nurses and managers throughout the hospital.

HEWS usually occurs when the emergency department is nearly full and aims to prevent bypass being necessary. It provides a brief period (usually 1 hour).

Hospitals can request HEWS a maximum of two times in succession. Generally, no more than two nearby hospitals can request HEWS at the same time.