NSW has outshone other states in Emergency Department (ED) performance measures according to a new report released today.
Despite having the highest number of people
presenting to EDs, 80 per cent of NSW
patients were seen on time
compared to the
of 72 per cent.
The findings are just one of a raft of outstanding achievements by NSW hospitals
according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report ‘Emergency department care
2017–18, Australian hospital statistics’.
“This is an extraordinary achievement and shows the hard work of our hospital staff
is paying off,” said Susan Pearce, Deputy Secretary for Purchasing and Performance
at NSW Health.
Other key findings include:
- NSW is the only jurisdiction to meet the target benchmark for all triage categories.
- NSW also leads with the shortest median waiting time for patients starting
clinical care in the
ED at just 15 minutes,
compared to 46 minutes in the
- Despite increasing demand, 73.5 per cent of patients spent four hours or less
NSW EDs in 2017-18, which is more than the national result of 71.1 per cent.
country in many ED
have improved our performance for the people of
NSW,” said Ms Pearce.
“These results are a testament to the hard work of our dedicated hospital staff and demonstrate NSW Health’s
strong focus on the delivery of timely, safe and high- quality care to patients.”
In 2018-19 the NSW Government is investing a record $22.9 billion in health,
representing a $1.1 billion increase over the 2017-18 Budget, including $19.2 billion
towards improving services in hospitals in
An investment of $759 million dollars for acute patient services will fund an additional
40,000 emergency department attendances in addition to 2.9 million already
provided, and 3,200 elective
surgeries in addition to the 225,500 already provided.