Bureau of Health chief executive Dr Diane Watson.
Bureau of Health chief executive Dr Diane Watson.

Tweed coping with emergencies

IT takes just two minutes for patients who attend Tweed and Murwillumbah Hospital emergency departments to be admitted, according to a new Bureau of Health Information report.

The Bureau's third Hospital Quarterly report states that in the period from October to December 2010 the Tweed Hospital had 10,730 attendees and 3455 admissions in the emergency department.

From the patients admitted, it states 100% were admitted within two minutes.

The Murwillumbah District Hospital had 3773 attendances, 499 admissions and again 100% of patients were admitted within two minutes.

Across NSW more than half-a-million patients attended NSW emergency departments during the quarter, nearly 30,000 more than in the previous quarter and nearly 18,000 more than in July to September 2009, when the swine flu pandemic was at its peak.

Bureau of Health chief executive Dr Diane Watson said attendances during the quarter were at a two-year high, with increased numbers generally seen across October and November as well as a Christmas holiday spike.

“In the face of extra pressure, emergency departments generally held their performance,” Dr Watson said.

“Patients were seen within recommended time frames for all triage categories, except triage category 3, where 71% of patients, rather than the recommended 75% were seen within the target time of 30 minutes. This compares to 73% one year ago.”

If you have a story to share about your emergency treatment in the Tweed, contact reporter Laura Brodnik at laura.brodnick@tweednews.com.au.



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