Should we tell patients to Get Out of the Emergency Room?
It seems a regular cycle: the public hospital emergency department (ED) waiting times are released and within minutes, media headlines start to expose those hospitals with the worst results. As an example, the wait time at my local hospital ‘blew out’ last year by five minutes, compared to the previous year, and the newspaper made a big deal of it. The paper declared the ED wait times to be “among the worst in the country”. Yet examination of the trend shows that last year wa