An elderly woman has waited almost five days for mental health treatment after presenting to the Royal Adelaide Hospital’s emergency department, SA’s doctors union says.
The long wait time led South Australia’s Salaried Medical Officers Association (SASMOA) to declare a “mental health pandemic”.
“The hospital is full, resuscitation areas are full, mental health patient beds and resources — all full,” SASMOA’s chief industrial officer Bernadette Mulholland said.
Ms Mulholland said she inspected the RAH this morning, and found more than 16 mental health patients waiting for a bed.
“One elderly patient has been waiting 110 hours for a bed,” Ms Mulholland said.
“It is criminal that we see elderly patients waiting that extent of time to get care in South Australia.”