More ED pa­tients at hos­pi­tal

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS - Ais­ling Bren­nan ais­ling.bren­nan@tweed­dai­lynews.com.

TWEED Hos­pi­tal emer­gency de­part­ment has seen a

1.2 per cent spike in pa­tients pre­sent­ing to the emer­gency de­part­ment in Jan­uary–march 2018.

The lat­est Bu­reau of Health In­for­ma­tion Re­port re­leased this week also re­vealed a 3.1 per cent in­crease in emer­gency de­part­ment pre­sen­ta­tions across the dis­trict for the quar­ter com­pared with the same pe­riod in 2017, equat­ing to 1538 more pa­tients.

North­ern NSW Lo­cal Health Dis­trict chief ex­ec­u­tive Wayne Jones said de­spite the in­crease in pre­sen­ta­tions, 79.8 per cent of pa­tients left emer­gency de­part­ments within four hours of pre­sen­ta­tion.

Emer­gency pre­sen­ta­tions and pa­tient treat­ment times at Mur­willum­bah Dis­trict Hos­pi­tal re­mained steady com­pared with the same quar­ter last year, and

88.6 per cent of pa­tients left the ED within four hours.

As the com­mu­nity debate on the lo­ca­tion of the new $534 mil­lion Tweed Valley Hos­pi­tal con­tin­ues, Mr Jones said Tweed Hos­pi­tal staff were han­dling the bustling pres­sure of the ED well.

“The staff at The Tweed Hos­pi­tal are do­ing an ex­cel­lent job of pro­vid­ing first class care to pa­tients, even while their hos­pi­tal is un­der­go­ing hold­ing works,” Mr Jones said.

“We know our staff are hav­ing to deal with some tough con­di­tions dur­ing this build­ing phase, and we’re look­ing for­ward to hav­ing the mod­u­lar in-pa­tient unit up and run­ning soon.”

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