The latest Healthcare Quarterly, activity and performance report from the Bureau of Health Information (BHI) has been released. The report covers emergency department, ambulance, admitted patients and elective surgery for the period July to September 2017. The report compares the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in emergency department (ED) presentations, hospitals in the Eurobodalla have performed well. The figures show an increase of 13.2% in Batemans Bay Hospital ED presentations to 4,039 in the quarter, with 85.1% of patients leaving the ED within four hours, well ahead of the NSW average of 68.4%. Moruya Hospital showed a similar improvement, with an increase of 7.7% in ED presentations to 2,628 in the quarter, with 77% of patients leaving the ED within four hours, up 3.7%. The increase in figures is partly due to the worst flu season on record. Elective surgery performance at the Eurobodalla Health Service has also increased. The average wait time for non-urgent elective surgery at Batemans Bay Hospital dropping by 26 days to 158, well ahead of the NSW average of 213 days. 100% of all surgery procedures in this category were also performed on time. While elective surgery performance at Moruya Hospital has also improved, with the average wait time for non-urgent elective surgery dropping from 126 to just 68 days. Moruya Hospital’s elective surgery on time performance also remained high, with 100% of urgent, semi-urgent and non-urgent surgery procedures being performed on time. “These quarterly figures reflect the hard work and dedication of all staff at Batemans Bay Hospital across a number of important areas. My sincere thanks to all the staff who have worked tirelessly to achieve these results,” said Chief Executive of Southern NSW Local Health District, Andrew Newton. The full results are available at the Bureau of Health Information website, bhi.nsw.gov.au. Media Release
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