THE emergency department at Lismore Base hospital is struggling to treat patients within recommended time frames, the latest Hospital Quarterly Performance report reveals.
Only 50% of patients with life-threatening injuries were seen within the recommended time-frame of 10 minutes while the rest were seen within 35 minutes, the report shows.
The Hospital Quarterly Performance report provides comparisons between hospitals and identifies areas for improvement.
A Northern NSW Local Health District spokes- woman said for four out of the past five months the hospital had met the performance expectation for the triage-two category, despite a peak in demand over winter.
"During August, which is in the middle of the peak winter period, the LBH experienced a significant demand on services, creating extra pressure on the emergency department," she said.
"This additional demand upon LBH resulted in the emergency department not meeting the triage-two expected performance by 7%.
"A review of those patients who did not receive care within the 10-minute period found nil experi- enced any adverse outcomes."
The spokeswoman said an upgrade of Lismore's hospital's emergency department could help improve emergency department times.
"It has been recognised that the current layout of the LBH emergency department can be improved and the local health district continues to advocate for funding to progress the redevelopment of the LBH, with a priority being the development of a purpose-built emergency department," she said.
Hospitals at Lismore, Ballina, Murwillumbah and Casino all met the elective surgery performance target outlined in the Quarterly Performance Report.
Go to www.bhi.nsw.gov.au/home to check hospital performance times.