Feb 24
Western NSW local health network performs well

The performance of hospitals in the Western NSW Local Health Network (LHN) remains steady according to data released by the Bureau of Health Information today.
    
Figures for October to December 2010 reveal Western NSW LHN hospitals have performed above peer hospitals across the state in most elective surgery categories.

“It is pleasing to see that the percentage of patients who received surgery within the clinically recommended timeframes has improved in most hospitals compared to the same period last year,” said Western NSW Local Health Network Acting Chief Executive, Lynne Weir.

“I am also pleased that median waiting times for the most urgent categories of elective surgery at the majority of procedural hospitals across the LHN are less than waiting times at peer hospitals across the state.”

“I would like to acknowledge facilities that performed particularly well and above their peer hospitals this quarter in meeting our benchmarks,” she said.
 

  • At Cowra Hospital 100 percent of patients admitted within the most urgent category were seen within the recommended 30 days, with 98 percent of semi-urgent and 100 percent of non-urgent seen within the clinically recommended time-frame.
  • At Dubbo Base Hospital 100 percent of patients admitted within the most urgent category were seen within 30 days, with 98 percent of semi-urgent and 98 percent of non-urgent seen within the clinically recommended time-frame
  • At Mudgee Hospital 100 percent of patients admitted within the most urgent category were seen within 30 days, with 94 percent of semi-urgent and 91 percent of non-urgent seen within the clinically recommended time-frame
  • At Orange Base Hospital 97 percent of patients admitted within the most urgent category were seen within 30 days, with 87 percent of semi-urgent and 87 percent of non-urgent seen within the clinically recommended time-frame
  • At Parkes 100 percent of patients admitted within the most urgent category were seen within 30 days, with 96 percent of semi-urgent and 100 percent of non-urgent seen within the clinically recommended time-frame
  • And at Forbes 100 percent of all three categories were admitted within the required benchmark

“The data also reveals the seasonally warmer quarter was a busy time for our Emergency Departments with an increase in all attendances at facilities across the region and this is indicative of the trend state-wide,” said Ms Weir.

Ms Weir said the Western NSW LHN continuously monitors its performance and welcomes the opportunity to analyse data which help improve performance at its facilities.


EXPLANATION ON TRIAGE:

Patients are triaged on the basis of the speed with which they need medical attention. They are triaged as soon as possible after they arrive in the Emergency Department.
The NSW Health triage benchmark guides are:
Triage 1 - people who need to have treatment immediately or within two minutes (categorised as having an immediately life threatening condition) is 100%
Triage 2 - people who need to have treatment within 10 minutes (categorised as having an imminently life-threatening condition) is 80%
Triage 3 - people who need to have treatment within 30 minutes (categorised as having a potentially life-threatening condition) is 75%
Triage 4 - people who need to have treatment within an hour (categorised as having a potentially serious condition) is 70%
Triage 5 - people who need to have treatment within two hours (categorised as having a less urgent condition) is 70%