Electronic Bed Management System – eBMS
I welcome the Gauteng Health Department’s launch of the electronic Bed Management System (eBMS) which is intended to streamline the allocation of patients to available hospital beds.
This system is needed to cut down on long waiting times for beds and assist ambulances in finding hospitals with open beds.
The initial roll-out is in the Tshwane hospital cluster which includes Steve Biko Academic Hospital, Tshwane District Hospital, Kalafong District Hospital and Pretoria West Hospital.
Shortage of Beds
I hope that this modern system avoids cases like that of Mr Herman le Roux (43) who broke his knee last week on Wednesday and had to wait 20 hours before he was admitted to a bed at the Steve Biko Hospital.
He has detailed his experience of poor treatment in a series of Facebook posts, including waiting three days while his surgery was repeatedly postponed. He was finally operated on yesterday.
Better management of beds is a step forward, but the overall shortage of beds and staff needs to be addressed in the province as a whole in order to provide a quality health service.
DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Health