Hospitals post healthy patient turnaround times
COFFS Coast hospitals are in fine health, according to a report released this week.
The Bureau of Health Information's Hospital Quarterly for January to March shows Coffs Harbour Health Campus emergency department had 9002 attendances for the quarter - and 24,677 across the Mid-North Coast - with those classified Triage 2 facing a median wait time of just seven minutes.
The region also fared well on the elective surgery front with 100% of urgent and semi-urgent elective surgery cases performed within the recommended wait period and more than 99% of non-urgent cases also making the grade.
For Coffs Harbour the median wait time for urgent cases was 17 days, 55 days for semi-urgent and 303 days for non-urgent.
Bureau of Health Information chief executive Jean-Frederic Levesque said public hospital performance was increasing across the state despite emergency attendances increasing around two per cent each year.
"Key areas such as the percentage of patients leaving the ED within four hours following their arrival and the percentage of patients receiving elective surgery within timeframes recommended by the clinicians have all seen improvements," Dr Levesque said.