Lismore Hospital staff 'outstanding' in tough conditions
LISMORE Base Hospital continued to improve its performance in the first quarter of 2015 despite trying conditions, new figures reveal.
The statistics were released yesterday by the Bureau of Health Information.
Northern NSW Local Health District board chair Dr Brian Pezzutti said the improving figures were a credit to the hospital staff.
Dr Pezzutti said when commissioner Peter Garling heard about the Lismore Base Hospital emergency department he had to see it for himself.
"He said it was the worst emergency department he's ever seen with the most dysfunctional design," he said.
"For our ED staff to treat 68% of patients within four hours is outstanding."
Health district boss Chris Crawford said the Bureau of Health Information Report shows local hospitals in the performed well overall.
"All sites across the (health district) are working to ensure patients are treated in the recommended timeframe," he said.
"Our Emergency Department Staff are meeting the National Emergency Attendance Target (NEAT), which is to aim for patients to be treated within four hours.
"Emergency department clinicians treated 48,960 presentations with a NEAT result of 83% for the quarter."
"Lismore Base Hospital's Emergency Department, whilst recording a result of 64.4% of patients being treated within the four hour target, was a pleasing improvement from the same period last year," he said.
"It is expected once the larger new purpose built emergency department is opened we will see this improvement in performance continue."
LISMORE BASE HOSPITAL STATS: JANUARY TO MARCH
- 7952 patients presented
- 7284 patients admitted
- 84% of Emergency Department patients treated and discharged within four hours
- Acute patients average stay 4.8 days.
- Non acute patient's average stay 5.5 days.
- 2197 ambulance arrivals
- 268 babies born
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