More people attended the Emergency Department at the Broken Hill Hospital during July and September this year and more were treated within the recommended four hours, it was reported in the latest Bureau of Health Information (BHI) quarterly data released today.
The BHI quarterly report for July to September 2016 shows that waiting times for emergency treatment and elective surgery at the hospital continue to be favourable. The BHI quarterly report summarises public hospitals’ performance across the State against NSW Ministry of Health benchmarks and targets.
The Emergency Department recorded 5,795 presentations for the quarter, experiencing an increase of 539 patients (or 10.3%) compared to the same quarter last year. A total of 89.6% of those patients left the ED within four hours, which was an increase of 2.5 per cent compared to same quarter last year. The State benchmark is 81%.
The time people waited for treatment to start also improved across all triage categories compared to same quarter last year and 81.4% of patients received their treatment on time.
Mr Ken Barnett, General Manager Broken Hill Health Service, said it was pleasing that waiting times continue to improve in the Emergency Department especially with an increased number of people seeking help.
“Our staff continue to work hard and diligently in providing the best quality of care for our patients. They continue to meet agreed time frames and patients are being treated in a timely manner,” he said.
Mr Barnett said the good results were also replicated in elective surgery figures for the hospital. All patients (100%) received their elective surgery in the hospital within the clinically recommended timeframe in the urgent (30 days) and semi-urgent (90 days) categories and 99.1% in the non-urgent (365 days) category. There were 301 elective surgical procedures performed in the hospital in the quarter. The median waiting time for elective surgery categories remained comparable to last quarter: Urgent category being 13 days (steady), semi-urgent 54 days (six day increase) and non-urgent 242 days (21 day decrease).
The Elective Surgery Categories are set by the Ministry of Health and are based on standard surgical response timeframes for specific diagnoses. There is flexibility in the system, wherein a patient’s categories for surgery can be changed if there is a sound clinical reason to do so. This requires consultation between the hospital, the patient and their surgeon, and may see them moved up the waiting list.
“Elective surgery patients continue to receive a high quality service and within the required timeframe benchmarks,” said Mr Barnett. “This is a credit to our dedicated and professional operating theatre staff.”
For further information visit the Bureau of Health Information website at http://www.bhi.nsw.gov.au/