Evaluation of an Ambulatory Emergency Care Centre at a tertiary hospital in Perth, Western Australia

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      Emergency Departments around the world are under increasing pressure due to rising demand. In the United Kingdom ambulatory emergency care has been demonstrated to deliver safe and effective care for emergency patients and has now become an accepted treatment modality.


      This paper outlines a quality improvement project undertaken to evaluate an ambulatory emergency care centre implemented at a tertiary hospital in Perth, Western Australia, from February to August 2021.


      The findings demonstrated a 4% improvement in the Western Australian Emergency Access Target for a four week period, a 6.3% reduction in the number of patients admitted with a length of stay less than 24 h and that patient’s attending the Ambulatory Emergency Care Centre were managed as safely as if they were seen in the Emergency Department.


      AECC (Ambulatory Emergency Care Centre), ED (Emergency Department)


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