Base Hospital is rating okay

COFFS Harbour’s Base Hospital is doing as well as its peers in dealing with life-threatening emergencies and urgent elective surgery, but is trailing badly behind in dealing with less urgent emergencies and less urgent surgery case loads.

NSW Bureau of Health Information quarterly figures released yesterday show that like all hospitals ranked, Coffs Harbour recorded a perfect 100% of immediately life-threatening emergency cases seen within two minutes.

For triage 2, imminently life-threatening to be seen within 10 minutes, the percentage slipped to 75%, while for triage 3 and 4 (potentially life-threatening and potentially serious) Coffs Harbour recorded 44% and 50% of patients seen within the target times of 30 minutes and 60 minutes but recovered with triage 5 cases, seeing 72% of less urgent cases within two hours.

Coffs Harbour managed to offload 67% of stretcher cases within 30 minutes, well below the target of 90% which was not achieved by any of the North Coast hospitals, nor by any of the principal Sydney hospitals and only by five of the 23 metropolitan hospitals.

Tweed Heads topped the North Coast area with 75%.

Coffs Harbour did better than many other hospitals in infection rates, achieving a perfect score, with no bloodstream infections recorded per 10,000 bed days, versus 4.2% at Lismore, 3.1% at Port Macquarie and 6.7% at Tweed Heads.

Tweed Heads, Lismore and Port Macquarie had better emergency and elective surgery figures overall than Coffs Harbour, but Tweed Heads and Port Macquarie had worse triage 2 results.

In terms of waiting times for elective surgery, Coffs Harbour got 83% of patients into the theatre within 30 days, but only 66% of category 2 (admission within 90 days) and 68% of category 3 (within one year).



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