Western NSW Local Health District quarterly report for April – June 2018

Emergency presentations remained relatively stable at Mudgee District Hospital, according to the April – June 2018 quarterly report for the Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD).

The hospital also performed 140 elective surgeries, with 100 per cent performed on time.

In total, 44,959 emergency patients presented to WNSWLHD emergency departments, including 182 cases requiring resuscitation and 4,570 in the emergency category.

Chief executive of the WNSWLHD, Scott McLachlan, said increases in both of these categories suggest the improvement of local hospitals to handle complex emergency cases, rather than being transferred to metropolitan facilities.

“It’s a priority for the WNSWLHD that we get patients to the facility which is best placed to address their health needs as quickly as possible, and that we provide that care as close to where they live as possible,” he said.

“We can see that more complex emergency work is being done in the LHD, which is a strong indicator of the maturing of the services we provide locally.

“At the same time, our hospitals are responding well to the increasing demand for elective surgery. These are results our staff should be justifiably proud of.”

The median time taken to transfer care from ambulance to hospital staff improved slightly to 10 minutes, and 92.5 per cent of patients had their care transferred within the 30 minute benchmark.

This was a 3 percentage point improvement on the same quarter last year, and above the state average.

There were 2,868 elective surgery procedures performed in the LHD’s hospitals, an increase of 176, or 6.5 per cent compared to the same period last year.

The District delivered 99.3 per cent of those procedures within clinically recommended times.