Length of stay
Hospital emergency departments provide urgent care for seriously ill and injured Victorians. The length of stay is the period of time between when a patient arrives and departs from an emergency department.
Tap the buttons below for specific data about length of stay in emergency departments. You can filter by hospital.
Scroll down further for more information about the data (measures).
About the data
The above measures look at:
- non-admitted patients staying 4 hours or less
- percentage of patients staying 4 hours or less
- patients staying longer than 24 hours.
About non-admitted patients staying 4 hours or less
The number and percentage of patients treated in an emergency department who were not transferred to a hospital inpatient bed and whose length of stay was equal to or less than 4 hours.
About percentage of patients staying 4 hours or less
The statewide target is for 81% of emergency department patients to leave an emergency department within four hours (the 'four hour rule'). This means they will be admitted to hospital, transferred to another hospital for treatment or discharged within four hours.
The target of patients staying 4 hours or less is similar to the National Emergency Access Target.
Data includes all triage categories and patients who were deceased on arrival.
About patients staying longer than 24 hours
The number and percentage of patients who have stayed in an emergency department for more than 24 hours. The statewide target is 0%.
- Data source: Victorian Emergency Minimum Dataset (VEMD). Data extracted 16 October 2020
- Results for the current financial year are preliminary and will be finalised in November. Results from the previous financial year have been finalised
- * No results are available
- Targets for FY 2020-21 were not approved at the time of reporting for Q1 (July – September 2020) results.