Emergency Care

The emergency department or casualty department of a hospital provides the community with necessary health care for the acutely ill and injured. Most operate 24 hours a day.

All patients attending emergency departments are ‘triaged’ or assessed for urgency. The first priority is to treat the most urgent patients.

There are five triage categories that have been established by the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine, these categories indicate the desirable time within which patients should be treated. The Government sets targets for hospitals for the three most urgent triage categories.


Reports

Emergency Care performance data is available for the following Western Health hospitals:
Sunshine Hospital View Hospital Reports
Western Hospital - Footscray View Hospital Reports
Williamstown Hospital View Hospital Reports