Lack of crisis accommodation creates ‘bed block’ at LGH, Legislative Council inquiry hears

Three young people were admitted to the Launceston General Hospital due to a lack of crisis accommodation in the past six months, a Legislative Council subcommittee inquiry into Tasmania’s acute health system has heard.

Speaking under parliamentary privilege at the Launceston hearing on Tuesday, LGH nursing director of women and child services Janette Tonks said the adolescents were admitted to paediatrics ward 4K “with no known medical condition” for “safety reasons”.

Ms Tonks said one young person had been a mental health patient cared for at the LGH, but with no suitable transition accommodation, remained at the hospital for an additional three to four weeks.

Health Minister Michael Ferguson told the hearing he was aware of “very complex” family situations around the three admissions, and the LGH was “a place of safety” for the adolescents thanks to the dedication and care of LGH staff.

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