On New Year’s Day almost 10,000 patients were treated in Emergency
Departments (EDs) across the state, including 2,000 arriving by ambulance.
“Despite this large number of patients, more than 75 per
cent were seen, treated and discharged within the four hour benchmark which is
a great credit to our fantastic ED teams,” said Susan Pearce, Deputy Secretary
at NSW Health.
“Our Emergency Departments are doing a
magnificent job to manage the busy Christmas / New Year period”
are in line with recent findings from the Australian Institute of Health and
Welfare which revealed last month that 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 ACT.
“Not only are we leading the country in many ED performance measures but
we have improved our performance for the people of NSW,” said Ms Pearce.
unnecessary burdens on busy EDs, people who are feeling unwell are reminded
that where the matter is not of a serious or life-threatening nature, they
should see their local GP or medical centre.
“For any advice or concerns, the public should remember that Healthdirect
is always able to assist with medical advice.”
Ms Pearce said
it was also important to make sure medications and prescriptions are also in
order before heading off on holidays, and urged families to keep the 24-hour
Healthdirect helpline in their phones.
“In the case of a health emergency, people should call Triple Zero (000)
but for other health concerns Healthdirect is an excellent source of
“By calling the Healthdirect helpline on 1800 022 222, anyone can receive
health advice from registered nurses on the line, at any time of day or night,”
encouraged to take simple measures and precautions to ensure a happy and
healthy holiday season, by:
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 NSW this year.
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.