Emergency departments across Southern NSW Local Health District have seen a 10 per cent year-on-year increase in patients, with more than 29,000 presentations from April to June 2019.
Acting Chief Executive of SNSWLHD, Jude Constable said despite this, more than three-quarters (77.2 per cent) of patients started their treatment on time, a jump of two percentage points compared with the same quarter last year.
Ms Constable said the results from the latest Bureau of Health Information quarterly report, April to June 2019, demonstrate patients treated in Southern NSW Local Health District Hospitals have waited less time to be treated in our emergency departments and are having their urgent and non-urgent elective surgery more quickly compared to the State average.
“Across the district, our hospitals have achieved excellent results and my sincere thanks goes to all the staff who have worked tirelessly to achieve these results,” Ms Constable said.
“The median wait time to surgery for elective surgery patients across the Health District sits at 14 days for urgent elective surgery, an improvement of five days on to the same period last year.
“Additionally, the number of urgent elective surgery procedures performed on time still sits at 100 per cent, above the state average of 99.9 per cent.”
Ms Constable said the figures come on the back of extensive investment by the NSW Government in a number of facilities across the District, with $120 million being spent redeveloping the Goulburn Health Service, with an upgraded Goulburn Base Hospital as the main element of the project and a further $30 million announced for new cancer and renal service facilities as part of the project.
While $18.6 million is being spent refurbishing Cooma District Hospital, $150 million has been committed to building a new health facility in the Eurobodalla with work to commence in this term of government.
A total of $8 million has been set aside for the Yass District Hospital redevelopment, with funding for the Braidwood Multi Purpose Service (MPS) redevelopment coming from the $300 million State-wide program of works to upgrade MPS facilities in a number of rural and remote communities across NSW.
At Crookwell District Hospital, $2.5 million has been committed.
The 2019-20 health budget for Southern New South Wales Local Health District is over $433 million, this is an increase of nearly $13 million on the 2018-19 budget. Between mid-2012 and mid-2018, the Health District has increased its workforce by an additional 440 full time equivalent staff – an increase of 24.9 per cent, including 28 more doctors and 142 more nurses.
Individual Hospital Results:
In the Eurobodalla, Batemans Bay District Hospital saw 1,227 urgent emergency presentations, an increase of 179, or 17.1 per cent. Urgent patients in the emergency department were treated in 21 minutes, compared to the state average of 22 minutes. In addition, the median time for patients to leave the emergency department was one hour 50 minutes, compared to the state median of two hours and 53 minutes.
100 per cent of 199 patients at Moruya District Hospital received urgent, semi-urgent and non-urgent surgery on time in this quarter. The hospital also recorded a healthy emergency department performance, seeing 2,962 patients, an increase of 408, or 16 per cent with the median time patients spent in the ED at two hours and 27 minutes, an improvement of 13 minutes, 26 minutes below the state median.
The median time for patients visiting Goulburn Base Hospital emergency department was two hours and 44 minutes, a solid result considering an increase of 4.2 per cent in overall emergency department presentations, up 195 patients to a total of 4,859. 100 per cent of patients received urgent surgery on time.
Cooma Hospital recorded 87.7 per cent of 2,704 patients spending less than four hours in the emergency department, 17.1 percentage points more than the state average. The average time spent in the ED of one hour and 42 minutes, was more than one hour less than the NSW average, an improvement of three minutes compared to the same period last year. Elective surgery patients received their surgery on time in 100 per cent of cases.
Queanbeyan Hospital recorded an increase in emergency presentations of 15.8 per cent, or 840 patients, up to 6,159, compared to the same quarter in 2018. Despite this figure, 80.4 percent of patients started treatment on time, an increase of 6 percentage points compared with the same period last year, or 8.6 percentage points higher than the NSW average of 71.8 per cent. The trend continued in the elective surgery category with 100 per cent of surgeries performed on time.
South East Regional Hospital (SERH) continued to increase its emergency department performance with an increase of 16.8 per cent in presentations, or 712 patients up to 4,942 compared to the same quarter last year. Even with this increase, 77.1 per cent of patients started treatment on time, an improvement of 1.6 percentage points. 100 per cent of urgent and semi-urgent surgeries were performed on time.
The 2019- 20 budget for Southern New South Wales Local Health District (SNSWLHD) is $434 million, this is an increase of $13 million on the previous financial year’s annualised budget.
Between mid-2012 and mid 2019 the Southern New South Wales Local Health District increased its workforce by an additional 467 full time equivalent staff - an increase of 26.4 per cent including 49 more doctors, 158 more nurses and midwives, and 68 more allied health staff.