Lismore Base Hospital.
Lismore Base Hospital. Jacklyn Wagner

Lismore Base emergency department one of nation's worst

LISMORE Base Hospital has come out as one of the country's worst in terms of moving people through its emergency department.

Marked under the grouping of Major Regional Hospitals in the report Time Patients Spent in Emergency Departments in 2011-2012, Lismore has stood out as worst or second worst of the group in three of the four categories.

Regarding the percentage of all patients who leave the Emergency Department within four hours of their arrival, Lismore stood as the worst performing hospital at 47%, against the group average of 63%.

In terms of admitted patients moving out of the Emergency Department within four hours of their arrival, Lismore stood as second worst at 13-14%, compared to a group average of 24%.

With discharged patients leaving the Emergency Department within four hours of arrival, Lismore landed as worst in the group again, at 66% compared to the average of 78%.

Health Minister Jillian Skinner said today that the NSW Government's investment and encouragement has led to marked improvement in emergency department performance in recent months, however there is still room for improvement.

"After many years of under-investment, there remains work to be done to bring some of our emergency departments up to the very high standards the people of NSW deserve. That cannot happen overnight but it is happening - and I am determined it will continue," Mrs Skinner said.

"While this report, based on 2011-12 data, shows some of our hospitals are struggling to meet NEAT benchmarks, more recent data from October 2012 shows quite dramatic improvement in some hospitals."



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