Emer­gency vis­its shorter

Data shows pa­tients re­leased from ED faster and drop in length of overnight stays

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Elisha Pearce

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

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