Dubbo Hospital ED treats fewer people in April to June 2018 quarter

HOSPITAL DATA: Almost two-thirds of the people admitted to Dubbo Hospital from its Emergency Department (ED) in the April to June 2018 quarter, remained in the ED for longer than the benchmark four hours. Photo: File
HOSPITAL DATA: Almost two-thirds of the people admitted to Dubbo Hospital from its Emergency Department (ED) in the April to June 2018 quarter, remained in the ED for longer than the benchmark four hours. Photo: File

Dubbo Hospital Emergency Department (ED) treated fewer people in the April to June 2018 quarter than in the same period in 2017, but more of them were admitted to hospital.

Almost two-thirds of the people admitted to the hospital were in the ED longer than the benchmark four hours.

The Bureau of Health Information’s latest Healthcare Quarterly reveals 7918 emergency presentations to the ED in the April to June 2018 quarter, 83 less than the 8001 in the corresponding quarter in 2017.

But admissions from the ED to hospital wards rose from 2271 in the 2017 quarter to 2527 in the 2018 quarter, a jump of 256 people or 11.3 per cent.

The Healthcare Quarterly reports that 85.2 per cent of people “treated and discharged” by ED staff left the facility within the benchmark four hours, up 0.7 per cent on the April to June 2017 quarter.

But only 36.6 per cent of people admitted to hospital wards left the ED within four hours in the April to June 2018 quarter, albeit up 7.9 per cent on the same period in 2017.

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