Health reforms deliver outstanding results in Emergency Departments

Published 6th March, 2014 in Health

Health Minister Jillian Skinner has released new data showing patients are being treated more quickly in the State’s emergency departments as a result of a major reform. 

Sign of emergency department

The Ministry of Health data reveals dramatic improvement in hospitals participating in the Whole of Hospital Program, introduced by the NSW Government last year.

The new data measures emergency department patients treated within four hours in December 2013 compared to January 2013.

Hospital

% of patients treated within  4 hours January 2013

% of patients treated within  4 hours December 2013

Change

Westmead

44.4%

73.9%

29.5%

Liverpool

43.8%

67.3%

23.5%

Canterbury

61.1%

78.7%

17.6%

Royal Prince Alfred

54.4%

71.3%

16.9%

Nepean

56.9%

73.2%

16.3%

John Hunter

50.5%

66.4%

15.9%

Wollongong

54.0%

67.3%

13.3%

Wagga Wagga

57.5%

68.0%

10.5%

Coffs Harbour

66.6%

76.3%

9.7%

“Today’s new data is great news for NSW as it shows patients are being attended to more quickly and spending less time in our busy emergency departments,” Mrs Skinner said while visiting Royal Prince Alfred Hospital to tour the emergency department and meet staff.

“Less time in the emergency department and faster transfer into wards means better patient care. This is what happens when a government hires 4100 more nurses, 1400 more doctors, gives local clinicians more of a say in how their hospital is run and introduces smarter ways of ensuring patients are seen sooner.

The Whole of Hospital Program was rolled out in 23 hospitals in 2013 - Broken Hill, Tweed, Goulburn, Canterbury, Coffs Harbour, Orange, Westmead, Hornsby and Ku-Ring-Gai, Nepean, Royal Prince Alfred, Royal North Shore, Port Macquarie, Wagga Wagga, Liverpool, John Hunter, Wollongong, Bankstown/Lidcombe, Prince of Wales, Dubbo, Campbelltown, Wyong, Lismore and Gosford. 

Published 6th March, 2014 in Health