Over one thousand more people attended the Emergency Department at the Broken Hill Hospital during October to December 2016 compared to same quarter previous year with most still 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 October to December 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 5,265 presentations for the quarter – an increase of 1,094 patients (or 26.2%) compared to the same quarter last year. A total of 89.9% of those patients left the ED within four hours. The time people waited for treatment to start also remained steady across all triage categories compared to same quarter last year.
Elective surgery waiting figures also continued their good performance.
All patients (100%) received their elective surgery in the hospital within the clinically recommended timeframe in the urgent (30 days) category. 96.5% and 96.7% received their elective surgery within the clinically recommended timeframe in the semi-urgent (90 days) and non-urgent (365 days) categories respectively. These two categories recorded an increase compared to same period last year.
There were 249 elective surgical procedures performed in the hospital in the quarter and the median waiting time for elective surgery categories decreased compared to last quarter: Urgent category being 9 days (six day decrease), semi-urgent 46 days (one day decrease) and non-urgent 236 days (36 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.
Mr Ken Barnett, General Manager Broken Hill Health Service, said: “The credit for this very good performance is all due to the dedicated and professional staff we have in our Emergency Department and Operating Theatre,” said Mr Barnett.
The ability of the Emergency Department to maintain its good performance with an increase in patient numbers was especially pleasing, he said.
“They continue to provide the best quality of care for our patients, who are being treated in a timely manner. These good results are also being replicated in elective surgery figures for the hospital.”
For further information visit the Bureau of Health Information website at http://www.bhi.nsw.gov.au/