NSW hospital EDs face unprecedented demand

Record numbers of patients are presenting to NSW emergency departments (EDs), according to the latest data, but hospitals have maintained performance on waiting times and provided a higher number of services.

The Bureau of Health Information (BHI) Hospital Quarterly report covering October to December 2016 shows there was an increase of almost 20,000 patients presenting to EDs over the same quarter the previous year and the number of patients classified as “emergency” and “urgent” increased.

The report shows 92% of patients who arrived by ambulance had their care transferred to hospital staff within 30 minutes, the highest result ever reported.

Overall, 75.6% of patients’ treatment started within clinically-recommended timeframes in NSW EDs, an increase of 0.7 percentage points on the previous quarter.

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Hospital Quarterly October to December 2016

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