Emer­gency de­part­ment re­mains un­der pres­sure

The Chronicle - - News - SHERELE MOODY Sherele.Moody@news­re­gional­me­dia.com.au

THOU­SANDS more pa­tients are seek­ing med­i­cal sup­port at Toowoomba’s only pub­lic emer­gency de­part­ment.

Pre­sen­ta­tions at the Toowoomba Hos­pi­tal ED jumped 3.3 per cent in the 12 months to March 31, 2018 as 52,751 peo­ple passed through the doors.

Queens­land Health data shows about 68 per cent of pa­tients were treated within the rec­om­mended time­frame.

Some lower pri­or­ity pa­tients waited 28 min­utes in May, 2018.

“A higher per­cent­age of pa­tients were seen within clin­i­cally rec­om­mended time­frames than dur­ing the pre­vi­ous year,” Toowoomba Hos­pi­tal ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Shirley-Anne Gar­diner said.

Ms Gar­diner said man­age­ment “con­stantly” tried to im­prove wait­ing times but a grow­ing pop­u­la­tion would have an im­pact on the ED.

“It is ex­pected that ac­tiv­ity will con­tinue to in­crease and strate­gies are be­ing put in place to ad­dress this. Short, medium and long-term plan­ning for manag­ing in­creas­ing ac­tiv­ity oc­curs on a con­tin­ual ba­sis,” she said.

“Our pri­or­ity is al­ways to pro­vide the safest pos­si­ble pa­tient-cen­tred care to lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and the HHS con­tin­ues to de­velop in­no­va­tive ways to man­age in­creases in de­mand for ser­vices.”

OUR PRI­OR­ITY IS AL­WAYS TO PRO­VIDE THE SAFEST POS­SI­BLE PA­TIENT-CEN­TRED CARE TO LO­CAL COM­MU­NI­TIES.

SHIRLEY-ANNE GAR­DINER

Photo: MJFelt

De­mand on our hos­pi­tal emer­gency de­part­ment con­tin­ues to grow.

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