Community group to Save Bulli Emergency Department offers persuasive evidence to health board

Save Bulli ED Group

Media release : 14 September 2012    Bulli ED 2012/#15

Community group to Save Bulli Emergency Department offers persuasive evidence to health board

Save Bulli ED today sent a detailed submission to the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD) on why it is essential to keep Bulli Hospital Emergency Department open, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The submission will be tabled at the next ISLHD Board meeting on 8 October 2012.

“We really appreciate the chance of putting a whole range of evidence forward,” said Alison Fettell, convenor of Save Bulli ED. “There are a range of issues that many people are unaware of. The ambulance by-pass of Bulli ED, for example – this contributes to bed block at Wollongong Hospital and affects everyone in the Wollongong region.”

The submission:

  • includes a recommendation that the ambulance “by-pass Bulli” order be rescinded, so that suitable patients can be taken to Bulli ED by ambulance, reducing bed block at Wollongong
  • addresses a situation where people are avoiding Wollongong ED because of its notorious waiting times but end up presenting with a far worse situation several hours later, and requiring hospitalisation, another example of how encouraging attendances at Bulli would reduce bed block at Wollongong
  • shows that the population of area has increased by 17% plus another several percentage points of international students since 1989; whereas the number of public hospital beds has increased by only 11% over the same time frame
  • reports on statements from the Bureau of Health Information that 2012 triage data being provided by the ISLHD for Bulli Hospital Emergency Department cannot be used as it is unreliable
  • seeks a guarantee that the “Emergency Department” sign outside Bulli Hospital will not be removed.

Numerous other points are also raised. The submission contains a range of evidence and perspectives to help the Board understand the current debate.

“Reinvigorating Bulli Emergency Department is the only rational solution to our current hospital bed crisis in the Illawarra,” said Alison. “We need more frontline emergency services in this region, right now!”

Attachment: submission to ISLHD Board.


Media contacts:     

Ms Alison Fettell, Convenor
Ms Caroline Colton, Co-convenor


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