No concern over emergency stats
EMERGENCY department attendance numbers for Gympie Hospital have surged by 22.9 per cent in the last quarter compared to last year (September quarter 2008) according to the latest Queensland Health performance report.
However, Gympie Health Community Council chairperson Peter Hennessy said yesterday it was not cause for concern, but rather “a feather in our cap that we are treating more and more patients”.
He said it was a trend that would continue but not “as great as it has in the last couple of years”.
“There has been a significant upgrade in services in Gympie, so we can provide a wide range of services now and Gympie Hospital is not bypassed as was the case,” Mr Hennessy said.
Mr Hennessy said people having difficulties getting in to see a GP inflated the figure.
“As far as Gympie is concerned I really feel it’s a feather in our cap that we are treating more and more patients,” he said.
“There is a reduction in patients going from Gympie to Nambour and this will be a growing trend.”
Mr Hennessy said the idea was to spread the load to district hospitals to alleviate pressure on busier hospitals and to save the extra travelling time for patients.
“That trend is going to continue; I don’t see that abating,” he said.
Treating Gympie patients locally where possible was a positive move, Mr Hennessy said, adding it was hard on people from Rainbow Beach or Tin Can Bay who had already covered 70km to then have to travel another 80km to get to Nambour.
“The information that I am receiving is that (Gympie) staffing levels and resources will be aligned to meet that increase.”