NSW tops nation in timely emergency care

Published 17th November, 2016 in Health

New report shows NSW leads the nation in timely emergency department care.

A doctor using a clipboard to asses a patient

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare's Emergency department care 2015-16: Australian hospital statistics report shows 81 per cent of NSW emergency department patients were seen on time. That means clinical care started within the time specified in five nationally-accepted triage categories: resuscitation (immediate), emergency (10 minutes), urgent (30 minutes), semi-urgent (60 minutes), non-urgent (120 minutes).

The Premier's Priority target is for 81 per cent of emergency department patients to be seen within four hours by 2018-19.

NSW hospitals also recorded the lowest median wait time for patients to commence clinical care in the emergency department (15 minutes). The national result was 19 minutes.

See statistics below from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report.

Performance IndicatorNSW
2011-12
NSW
2015-16
Australia
2015-16
Number of emergency patients 2,235,455 2,733,520 7,465,869
Median wait time clinical care commenced 19 minutes 15 minutes 19 minutes
90th percentile waiting time 103 minutes 78 minutes 93 minutes
Proportion of patients seen on time 76% 81% 74%

Health Minister Jillian Skinner welcomed the report.

“NSW continues to have the highest proportion of patients seen on time despite the increasing number of patients presenting to emergency departments. I am proud of the wonderful work our hospital staff are doing across the state,” Ms Skinner said.

View the Emergency department care 2015-16: Australian hospital statistics report

Published 17th November, 2016 in Health