Patients lost a cumulative 59 hours on stretchers outside Hervey Bay Hospital in September.
Patients lost a cumulative 59 hours on stretchers outside Hervey Bay Hospital in September. Alistair Brightman

Off-stretcher times hurt Bay

AMBULANCE ramping remains a thorn in the side of Hervey Bay Hospital.

New emergency department performance figures show off-stretcher times at the Bay hospital are still on the rise.

Patients lost a cumulative 59 hours on ambulance stretchers outside the hospital in September, up from 45 hours lost in August.

It is also a notable increase on the 20 hours lost in September 2009.

The figures for Maryborough Base Hospital are not nearly as strained, in part a reflection of the hospital’s downgraded status.

In September 2010, 97 per cent of patients were off ambulance stretchers at Maryborough hospital within the designated 15 minute mark. This amounted to one hour lost on stretchers for the month.

At Hervey Bay 69 per cent of patients were on the move within 15 minutes, a statistical improvement on the previous month (73 per cent) and on the same month last year (76 per cent).

At Bundaberg Hospital in September, 72 per cent of patients were off the stretcher within 15 minutes, with 39 hours lost on stretchers.

At Gympie Hospital for the same time period, 79 per cent were off the stretcher in time, with only six hours lost.

Average triage response times improved at Hervey Bay in the 12 months from September 2009 to September 2010.

In the high priority triage one category, the average waiting time dropped from four minutes to zero minutes.

In Maryborough the average waiting time remained at zero minutes.

There were no deaths in either emergency department in September. One triage two patient died in Hervey Bay emergency department in August.



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