The Wesley Emergency Centre

When a patient attends an emergency department in Australia a triage nurse assesses the urgency of the patient’s condition and assigns them a triage category ranging from one to five on the Australasian Triage Scale. Hospitals with emergency centres measure the time taken for a patient to be seen in accordance with their assigned triage category.

At the Wesley Hospital Emergency Centre patients are seen first by a trained triage nurse. The nurse will ask questions about the patient’s condition and record all necessary observations such as blood pressure, pulse and temperature. A doctor will then review and assess the patient’s condition– the urgency of the patient’s condition will determine how quickly this happens.

By capturing the percentage of patients seen within the timeframes recommended by the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) we can measure The Wesley Hospital Emergency Centre’s performance.

The definitions of these measures are as follows:

Category 1: Immediately life-threatening. Patient should be seen by a treating doctor within two minutes of arriving.
Category 2: Imminently life-threatening. Patient should be seen by a treating doctor within 10 minutes of arriving.
Category 3: Potentially life-threatening. Patient should be seen by a treating doctor within 30 minutes of arriving.
Category 4: Potentially serious. Patient should be seen by a treating doctor within 60 minutes of arriving.
Category 5: Less urgent. Patient should be seen by a treating doctor within 120 minutes of arriving.

Wesley Hospital Emergency Centre

Emergency wait times cat 1

*Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM)

Category 1: Patient should be seen by a doctor within two minutes of arrival.

Wesley Hospital Emergency Centre

Emergency wait times cat 2

*Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM)

Category 2: Patient should be seen by a doctor within 10 minutes of arrival. A higher rate is better.

Wesley Hospital Emergency Centre

Emergency wait time data cat 3

*Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM)

Category 3: Patient should be seen by a doctor within 30 minutes of arrival. A higher rate is better.

Wesley Hospital Emergency Centre

Emergency centre wait time data cat 4

*Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM)

Category 4: Patient should be seen by a doctor within 60 minutes of arrival. A higher rate is better.

Wesley Hospital Emergency Centre

Emergency centre wait time data cat 5

*Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM)

Category 5: Patient should be seen by a doctor within 120 minutes of arrival. A higher rate is better.