Extended Transfer of Care (Ramping)


Hospitals aim to receive all patients within 30 minutes of our arrival at the ED. If it takes longer than 30 minutes, this is referred to as ramping. We therefore record the time (in hours) that ambulances are parked outside a hospital, waiting to handover the care of the patient.

Increased hours of ramping can have a significant impact on response times for that day. Measuring ramping does not in itself address the challenges the health system faces but may assist in understanding the contributing factors. With this being the intention, we measure and report on ramping to assess how our collaborative strategies within the health system are improving outcomes for the community.

The charts below show ramped hours by hospital and/or over time.

You can use the options on the left to select the chart type, comparison period and hospitals displayed.

Changes to the way ramping is calculated have been applied to historical data to allow comparisons to be made. However, changes to St John WA or WA Health business processes may have affected ramped hours. As such, caution is advised when comparing data over long periods.

FYTD values from the bar chart may vary slightly from the sums of corresponding monthly values in the trend chart, due to how figures are aggregated in the different types of charts.

At the start of a new financial year, the current and previous FYTD figures won’t transition to the new financial year until the start of the second week. This is to ensure useful and complete data is displayed year round.

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