MORE ADMISSIONS AND SURGERIES AT NSW HOSPITALS
NSW hospitals are admitting more patients and performing more elective surgeries than ever before, according to the latest Bureau of Health Information (BHI) report.
The BHI Hospital Quarterly report for the April to June 2016 quarter found there were nearly 480,000 hospital admissions overall – the highest level ever reported and an increase of 4.7 per cent compared to the same time last year. There were 58,583 elective surgery procedures performed – an increase of 7.2 per cent.
More than 636,300 people presented to emergency departments (EDs) – an increase of 1.2 per cent and the highest level reported in an April to June quarter. More than 470,000 patients (or 73.9 per cent) left the ED within four hours.
Concord, Gosford, Tamworth, Wagga Wagga and Westmead hospitals saw the greatest improvement in the number of patients who spent four hours or less in the ED, while there is room for improvement at the new South East Regional (Bega) Hospital and at Campbelltown, Nepean and RPA hospitals.
Health Minister Jillian Skinner said hospitals continue to perform at a high standard despite unprecedented demand across the board. “NSW cares for the largest caseload of patients in the country and our hospitals consistently prove capable of meeting the demand,” Mrs Skinner said. “I couldn’t be prouder of our expert clinicians and hospital staff and I thank them for the wonderful work they do to achieve these results.”
The BHI data highlights stability in on-time elective surgery performance, with more than 56,000 patients (or 97 per cent) receiving their procedures within clinically-recommended timeframes.
|Emergency department performance|
|April – June 2011||April – June 2016|
|Triage category 5: Non-urgent||Median time to start treatment: 30 minutes||Median time to start treatment: 23 minutes|
|Triage category 4: Semi-urgent||Median time to start treatment: 32 minutes||Median time to start treatment: 25 minutes|
|Triage category 3: Urgent||Median time to start treatment: 23 minutes||Median time to start treatment: 20 minutes|
|Triage category 2: Emergency||Median time to start
treatment: 7 minutes
|Median time to start
treatment: 8 minutes
|Patients leaving the emergency department in four hours||59.6 per cent||73.9 per cent|
|Elective surgery performance|
|Clinical Priority Category||April – June 2011||April – June 2016|
|All||91.8 per cent on time||97 per cent on time|
|Urgent||92.8 per cent on time||99.7 per cent on time|
|Semi-urgent||91.2 per cent on time||97.3 per cent on time|
|Non-urgent||91.6 per cent on time||95.5 per cent on time|
For further information: Visit the Bureau of Health Information website at http://www.bhi.nsw.gov.au