Health check for Coast hospitals
THE number of elective surgery operations performed by the Fraser Coast Health Service during the June 2010 quarter has increased notably.
The latest Queensland Health Quarterly Public Hospitals Performance Report shows 288 patients underwent elective surgery at Hervey Bay Hospital between April and June 2010 – an increase of 72 patients on the same period in 2009.
This represents a 33.3 per cent rise.
Elective surgery activity at Maryborough Hospital remained steady, with 233 patients compared with 225 in the previous June quarter.
Fraser Coast Health District chief Beth Norton said the increases were due to the introduction of additional general surgery and orthopaedic lists, increased numbers of nursing staff and rostering improvements.
Hervey Bay Hospital had 9072 emergency department attendances, an increase of 2.8 per cent from the 8821 emergency attendances during the June quarter in 2009.
Maryborough Hospital had 6270 emergency department attendances during the same period, an increase of 2.6 per cent from 6112.
The median waiting time for patients admitted to an inpatient bed from the emergency department was six hours and 47 minutes for Hervey Bay Hospital, and three hours and 55 minutes for Maryborough Hospital.
“Patients need to be in the emergency department because they are often under observation, or awaiting test or X-ray results before doctors can make a clinical decision about whether the patient needs to be admitted,” Ms Norton said.
Queensland Health's latest ED data at Hervey Bay Hospital shows the average wait for the most urgent patients, triage category one, was less than a minute, for category five (the least urgent) just 33 minutes, and across all categories 25 minutes.
At Maryborough Hospital, the average wait for category one patients was less than a minute, for category five 28 minutes, and across all categories 27 minutes.