GYMPIE residents are waiting just over three and a half hours on average to be admitted to hospital from the emergency department while on the Sunshine Coast they are waiting almost eight hours.
The December 2009 quarterly hospitals report shows admissions increased by 11 per cent to 2929 during the December 2009 quarter, when compared to the corresponding period the previous year. In Nambour 10,411 patients were admitted, while Caloundra Hospital’s admissions increased by 20.6 per cent to 2773.
Emergency department attendances increased by 12.3 per cent to 6229 and emergency department attendances increased by 4.1 per cent to 5900 in Gympie while they remained steady at both Nambour and Caloundra Hospitals, with staff attending to 8844 and 5654 presentations respectively.
In Gympie, 94 per cent of patients were admitted to an inpatient bed from the emergency department within eight hours – second only to Gladstone.
In comparison, only 56 per cent of Nambour’s emergency patients were admitted within eight hours – with the average wait time being seven hours and 43 minutes – an improvement on the eight hours 14 minutes in the September quarter.
Nambour Hospital outpatient services increased by 15.8 per cent to 29,261 in the December 2009 quarter compared to the same period in 2008, while Caloundra Hospital increased by 7.5 per cent to 5629.
Gympie Hospital’s maternity ward continues to welcome babies, with 89 deliveries in the December 2009 quarter, compared to 91 in the September 2009 quarter and 95 in the December 2008 quarter.
Nambour Hospital delivered 514 babies, an increase on the 495 deliveries in the corresponding period the previous year.
Gympie Hospital admitted 173 patients from the elective surgery waiting list, an increase of 10.2 per cent when compared to the December 2008 quarter.
Caloundra Hospital admitted 408 patients from the elective surgery waiting list, down 3.5 per cent on the corresponding December 2008 quarter.
Nambour Hospital admitted 1552 patients from the elective surgery waiting list, an 8.1 per cent decrease from the December 2008 quarter.
As at January 1 at Gympie Hospital 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 two category three patients, waiting longer Gympie than 365 days for their surgery.