Hospitals do well in stats

THE results are in for the Tweed Hospital and Murwillumbah District Hospital, following the latest Bureau of Health Information Hospital Quarterly Performance report.

The report covers hospital performance for the three months from October to December, 2010.

Northern NSW Local Health Network (NNSW LHN) chief executive Chris Crawford said he welcomed the latest data.

“The Tweed Hospital is the major referral hospital for the Tweed Byron Network and due to its location near to the Queensland border it also has patients in its Emergency Department (ED) who reside in Queensland or are holidaying in the area,” Mr Crawford said. “The latest report covers the Christmas holiday period which is likely to increase Emergency Department presentations.”

Mr Crawford said taking the busy timeframe into account, the Tweed Hospital ED had performed well and had good results in many areas, despite being slightly below target in some categories.

“While Tweed's off-stretcher time was below last year's result and benchmark, it was similar to the peer group result,” Mr Crawford said.

“The reported Emergency Admission Performance (EAP) result is disappointing and work is under way to improve EAP performance.

“Together with officers from the Department of Health, NNSW LHN last week conducted a review of how patient flows through Tweed Hospital ED can be improved.”

Mr Crawford said the report recommendations would be utilised to improve off-stretcher and EAP in the Tweed Hospital.

“It is pleasing that the Tweed Hospital did well against its surgery benchmarks and these are an improvement on the same time last year,” Mr Crawford said.

The number of semi-urgent patients treated within benchmark time increased from 61% to 87%, and non-urgent patients treated within benchmark increased from 78% to 98%.

“The Tweed Hospital and Murwillumbah District Hospital ED and surgery staff are thanked for their continued hard work,” Mr Crawford said.

“Further work needs to be undertaken and this will occur through clinicians and management working together.”

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