Gympie Hospital numbers increase

THE number of people admitted to the Gympie Hospital, treated as an outpatient, attending the emergency department and admitted from the elective surgery waiting lists have increased according to the latest Quarterly Public Hospitals Performance report.

The March 2010 report shows admissions increased by 17.1 per cent to 2951 during the March 2010 quarter, when compared to the corresponding period the previous year.

Sunshine Coast-Wide Bay Health Service District southern cluster manager Jackie Hanson said outpatient occasions of services increased by 4.8 per cent to 6553 compared to the March 2009 quarter, while emergency department attendances increased by 12.2 per cent to 5966 during the March 2010 quarter, when compared to the corresponding quarter the previous year.

“Gympie Hospital admitted 174 patients from the elective surgery waiting list, an increase of 9.4 per cent when compared to the March 2009 quarter,” Ms Hanson said.

As at April 1, there were no category one patients waiting longer than 30 days for their surgery. There were five category two patients waiting longer than 90 days for their surgery and no category three patients, waiting longer than 365 days for their surgery. Of the category one patients treated, 90 per cent were treated within 28 days. Of the category two patients treated, 90 per cent were treated within 103 days. Of the category three patients treated, 90 per cent were treated within 368 days.

Ms Hanson said of patients admitted to an inpatient bed from the emergency department, 92.8 per cent were admitted within eight hours, a decrease from the 93.2 per cent in the March 2009 quarter.

Of patients admitted to an inpatient bed from the emergency department, the median waiting time from arrival to admission was three hours and 51 minutes, an increase from the three hours and 38 minutes in the March 2009 quarter.

Gympie Hospital’s maternity ward continues to welcome high numbers of babies, with 86 deliveries in the three months to March 2010, an increase of nine on the 77 babies elivered in the corresponding 2009 quarter.

A complete version of the Queensland Health Public Hospitals Quarterly Performance Report (March 2010 quarter) is available at http://www.health.qld.gov.au/

Gympie Times


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