Far West LHD continues to perform well in latest BHI Report

Broken Hill Hospital continues to perform well in the latest data released by the Bureau of Health Information (BHI) with favourable Emergency Department waiting times and no elective surgery patients having to wait for their procedure longer than the clinically recommended timeframe.

The BHI Report for the July to September 2015 quarter summarises public hospitals’ performance across the State against NSW Ministry of Health benchmarks and targets.

All patients (100%) received their elective surgery in Broken Hill Hospital within the clinically recommended timeframe in the urgent (30 days) and non-urgent (365 days) categories and 98% in the semi-urgent (90 days) category.

A total of 259 elective surgical procedures were conducted at Broken Hill Hospital during the quarter. The median waiting time for elective surgery categories was comparable to peer hospitals with the waiting time for the urgent category being 13 days and semi urgent 48 days. The non-urgent category was 263 days compared to 260 days for peer hospitals. The District also performed well regarding waiting times for the vast majority of specialty and common elective surgery categories when compared to peer group hospitals in the same period.

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.

The BHI report also shows that 5,256 people arrived at the Hospital’s Emergency Department (ED) during the quarter, compared to 5,570 for same period last year, representing a 6% decrease.

The ED recorded 87% of patients leaving the ED within four hours of their arrival. The median time between patients arriving and leaving the ED was one hour and 41 minutes. 95% of patients left the ED within five hours and 44 minutes and over an hour quicker compared to same period last year. This result also compared favourably to the average for all NSW Hospitals which was 11 hours and 31 minutes.

The General Manager of the Broken Hill Health Service, Mr Ken Barnett said all staff are to be congratulated for their efforts in continuing to meet the key indicators in the BHI quarterly report.

Mr Barnett thanked the Emergency Department staff for exceeding the benchmark set for patients waiting less than 4 hours for their treatment, with 87% of patients receiving treatment and leaving the Emergency Department in less than 4 hours. For the same period last year the result was 82%.

“The staff are continuing to work hard on improving patient flow through the Emergency Department so that patients receive their treatment as soon as possible,” said Mr Barnett.

“Again our Operating Theatre staff has performed very well with patients having their surgery within the clinically appropriate times.”

Mr Barnett said all the health service staff deserved praise for their commitment to providing quality and timely care.

“We look forward to working on improving the community’s access to our services.”




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