Emergency visits shorter
Data shows patients released from ED faster and drop in length of overnight stays
NEW data reveals patients attending Mt Druitt Hospital are having shorter average length of overnight stays and leaving the emergency department within four hours.
The Bureau of Health Information has released information about wait times and hospital visits for January-March 2016, showing more people are relying on the hospital system in Western Sydney.
The number of people seen by the Mt Druitt Hospital emergency department in January to March was 8223, up from 7921 during the same time last year.
Blacktown Hospital saw a jump from 10,255 to 11,176 patients, while Nepean Hospital saw a slight drop from 17,004 to 16,850.
Across the region, more patients are being released from the emergency department within four hours, a health department benchmark.
Mt Druitt Hospital releases 74 per cent of patients from emergency within four hours, meeting the timeframe of the NSW state average and a big increase from just 57 per cent in January to March 2015.
The average wait time to leave the emergency department at Mt Druitt Hospital is a tick over three hours, an improvement from three hours and 24 minutes in 2015.
Blacktown and Nepean hospitals are below the average, with 63 per cent and 57 per cent of patients being released within the benchmark.
Westmead Hospital also saw patients getting through emergency on time decrease to 57 per cent.
Western Sydney residents are spending less time in hospital, despite an increase in hospitalisation.
While Mt Druitt Hospital admissions rose compared year on year, the average length of an overnight stay dropped from 1.8 to 1.4 days.
Nepean and Blacktown hospitals saw smaller reductions.
The median wait for nonurgent elective surgery at Mt Druitt is within the recommended time frame, 148 days compared to the clinical time frame of 365.
Health Minister Jillian Skinner said: “The emergency department figures are a major improvement.”
The emergency department figures are a major improvement. Jillian Skinner