Sep 12
Orange Health Service Reports Outstanding Results in Latest Report

Orange Health Service has continued to deliver excellent results with respect to elective surgery and Emergency Department waiting times in the latest data released by the Bureau of Health Information (BHI).

The BHI Report for the April to June 2016 quarter reveals how public hospitals across the State are performing in relation to NSW Ministry of Health benchmarks and targets.

Orange Health Service reported an overall increase in surgical activity from the same period last year, with an additional 98 cases.

The most essential surgeries (Category 1 and Category 2) were completed 100% of the time within specified clinically appropriate time frames.

Orange Health Service also reported better than the State benchmark for Category 3 surgery cases, with 99.6% of cases undertaken within the specified time, an improvement from last year and beating the State benchmark of 97%.

An overall increase in Emergency Department activity was also reported, with improvement experienced in all three triage categories in relation to patients receiving treatment on time.

Patients experienced a shorter stay in ED at Orange with an improvement in the time from presentation to the time a patient left the Emergency Department reported compared to the same time last year.

General Manager Orange Health Service, Catherine Nowlan said she was extremely pleased with the most recent results.

“Improvements in the time from which patients presented to the ED to the time they left the ED are great to see. Even more impressive was the fact that this was achieved while we had an increase in the number of presentations and the number of more serious critically unwell patients presenting,” Ms Nowlan said.

“It is also pleasing to see there was a reduction in semi-urgent and non-urgent presentations in the ED, ensuring our Emergency Department is left for emergencies.”

“Orange Health Service also reported an increase in the number of ambulances coming into the ED when compared to the same period last year and patients were unloaded on average within ten minutes of arriving, ensuring care could be commenced promptly,” she said.

Western NSW Local Health District recommends your local GP for your initial treatment if you have flu symptoms, rather than the local hospital Emergency Department.

“We encourage people to choose wisely and keep Emergency Departments for emergencies,” Ms Nowlan said.

“I would like to take this opportunity to commend the very professional health care teams at Orange Health Service for the specialist work they do every day ensuring we provide world class patient care.”

Orange Health Service’s excellent performance is also reflected right across our Local Health District, with similar results reported in a number of other hospitals.

Media enquiries: Brendan Williams, Media Manager, Western NSW Local Health District via brendan.williams@health.nsw.gov.au