Dubbo Hospital Emergency Department busier in the April to June quarter

NEW DATA: The Bureau of Health Information reports of 8346 presentations to the Emergency Department of Dubbo Hospital in the April to June quarter of 2017.
NEW DATA: The Bureau of Health Information reports of 8346 presentations to the Emergency Department of Dubbo Hospital in the April to June quarter of 2017.

Dubbo Hospital’s Emergency Department (ED) recorded a jump in presentations in the April to June 2017 quarter and a decline in the percentage of patients leaving it within four hours.

The latest Bureau of Health Information Healthcare Quarterly reports of 8346 presentations in the quarter, up 537 or 6.9 per cent on the same period in 2016.

Of all presentations, 68.6 per cent left the ED within four hours as compared with 73.8 per cent in the same quarter last year.

Four out of five triage categories were busier in the April to June 2017 quarter.

The semi-urgent category covered 3397 or 42.5 per cent of presentations, followed by the urgent category with 2870 or 35.9 per cent of presentations.

They had respective increases in presentations of 4.3 per cent and 1.6 per cent.

The biggest percentage growth in presentations occurred in the non-urgent category which had 726 or 9.1 per cent of presentations, representing a 32.2 per cent jump.The resuscitation category had 18 or 0.2 per cent of presentations, down 11 or 37.9 per cent.

The latest Healthcare Quarterly reports that more than 660,000 patients presented to NSW public hospital emergency departments, an increase of 4.2% compared to the same quarter last year.