More than 2,230 patients presented to Inverell Hospital’s Emergency Department from April to June this year, with almost 10 percent more of those people presenting with conditions coded as an “emergency” when figures are compared to the same months last year.
The numbers released in the Bureau of Health Information’s Hospital Quarterly this week also shows that almost 90 percent of those patients spent four hours or less in the ED with the median time being an hour and a half.
The report examines the performance of hospital admissions, emergency department care, elective surgery, and ambulance services in NSW, including 75 public hospitals and 18 ambulance zones.
It found almost 100 percent of Inverell Hospital patients, who received elective surgery, did so within the clinically recommended time frame.
“We’re really pleased with our elective surgery results,” Hunter New England Health Executive Director, Rural and Regional Health Services, Susan Heyman said.
“We’re focusing on assessing the clinical needs of patients and then being clear about the timeframe they need their care to be provided in.”
Ms Heyman said it was all about good management and patient-centred care.
“We’re utilising the surgeons and theatres that we have in the most efficient way to achieve that,” she said.
“Emergency department results were also very, very good.”
Ms Heyman congratulated staff and clinicians at the hospital and said the region should be very pleased with the results.