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Top marks for Gympie hospital

HEALTHY STATS: Sunshine Coast Hospital chairman Paul Thomas, Gympie Hospital Dr Frank Le Bacq and director of Gympie health services Leuwin Ferguson (right) show Minister for Health Lawrence Springborg (second from right) around the ED after it was named one of the state’s best performers. Greg Miller
HEALTHY STATS: Sunshine Coast Hospital chairman Paul Thomas, Gympie Hospital Dr Frank Le Bacq and director of Gympie health services Leuwin Ferguson (right) show Minister for Health Lawrence Springborg (second from right) around the ED after it was named one of the state’s best performers. Greg Miller

GYMPIE hospital is among the highest performing in the State.

The hospital has again been counted as one of Queensland's best performers against the National Emergency Access Target.

NEAT measures whether the percent of patients in emergency departments who are admitted, treated, or discharged within a four-hour window.

The 2014 target is 83% and Gympie hospital has so far this year performed above average at 85.7%.

Minister for Health Lawrence Springborg said the achievement came on top of an 89.4% for 2013/14, when the state target was 77% by December 2013.

The good news was well-deserved for hard-working Gympie hospital Emergency Services staff.

"This was testament to the skill and commitment of the staff in the Gympie Hospital emergency department and in fact the whole hospital," Mr Springborg said.

"It was important to note that the timely treatment and movement of patients through an emergency department is a whole of hospital issue, particularly when demand for inpatient beds is high," he added.

He said the achievement was even more important given that Gympie Hospital has seen an increase of 758 more patients than last year.

More good news for the hospital came after the announcement of a second emergency nurse practitioner to be recruited for the hospital. Mr Springborg said the nurse practitioners would assist the hospital maintain top ED performance.

However, while the ED has maintained a high performance for an extensive period of time, Mr Springborg did acknowledge areas of concern.

He said "neglect" of hospitals across the state meant there was a backlog of repair works required and Gympie was included.

While he couldn't commit to a specific figure, the health minister did say Gympie Hospital would share in $320 million in funding over four years for maintenance works.

He said problems including a lift that stopped at times of heavy rain were facing the hospital; one of many aging regional hospitals which he said had missed the same treatment as those in larger centres.

"We are very aware there are issues here," he said, saying Gympie was one of 50 hospitals in need of serious refurbishments.

He said the government would work with the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Board to set in place a plan to tackle some of Gympie's biggest issues.

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