Waiting times for emergency treatment and elective surgery continue to be favourable at Broken Hill Hospital, shown in the latest emergency department and surgery performance data released by the Bureau of Health Information (BHI).
The BHI Report for the April to June 2016 quarter summarises public hospitals’ performance across the State against NSW Ministry of Health benchmarks and targets.
More people sought help in the Emergency Department for the quarter and activity improved in the treatment time for patients in all triage categories. Overall 90.6% of patients left the Emergency Department within 4 hours – the State benchmark is 81%. The median time for the commencement of treatment for patients in the Emergency Department also improved compared to the same period last year in all triage categories.
The BHI report shows that 5,421 people arrived at the Hospital’s Emergency Department during the quarter, compared to 4,799 for same period last year (an increase of 13 per cent).
Mr Ken Barnett, General Manager Broken Hill Health Service, said the latest BHI results show that hospital staff continue to work hard and diligently in providing the best possible care for our patients.
“It is pleasing that we continue to meet the agreed time frames and that our patients are being treated in a timely manner, whether in the emergency department or for their elective surgery procedure.
“The changes we have implemented in the Emergency Department over the last year have contributed to our positive performance and it is a credit to all the staff involved,” said Mr Barnett.
The hospital’s Operating Theatre continues to ensure patients were having their elective surgery within the clinically appropriate times. The BHI reported that all patients (100%) received their elective surgery in Broken Hill Hospital within the clinically recommended timeframe in the urgent (30 days); 99.2% in the semi-urgent category (90 days) and 98.9% in the non-urgent (365 days) category.
“It is also very pleasing that our operating theatre staff continue to provide a high quality service and ensure our patients have their surgery within the required benchmarks and they are to be commended for their efforts.”
A total of 269 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 9 days and semi urgent 52 days. The non-urgent category was 271 days compared to 269 days for peer hospitals. The District also performed well regarding waiting times for the 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.