The latest independent quarterly Bureau of Health Information figures on
public hospital performance, released today, shows more than 750,000 patients presented to emergency departments
during January to March 2019.
NSW Health Deputy
Secretary Susan Pearce said this was an increase of around 42,000 people, a 5.9 per cent increase from the same
quarter in 2018 and higher than any previous quarter on record.
people will remember the 2017 winter, our worst flu season on record, we saw
thousands more patients this quarter, and these figures do not even show the
full winter months,” Ms Pearce said.
Ms Pearce said
despite the challenges posed by the record rise in patients, hospital
performances across the state maintained a high standard, with nearly
three-quarters of emergency department patients, 543,000 people, starting
treatment on time.
is always room for improvement, it was pleasing to see that some of our
hospitals improved their performance despite large increases in presentations
and very unwell patients”.
“These results are a testament to the efforts of our doctors, nurses and
paramedics, but NSW Health
continues to urge people to get their flu shots to protect them during the cold
days ahead, because it’s not too late, and the flu jab is an important step in
reducing the risk of succumbing to the potentially lethal virus,” she said.
NSW Ambulance experienced
a very busy quarter, responding to close to 307,000 responses, up by 10.2 per
cent or an additional 28,359 responses, on 2018’s quarter.
patients in emergency departments arrived by ambulance, also a 10 per cent
increase, and almost 90 per cent (88.8 per cent) were transferred from
paramedics to hospital staff within the benchmark time of 30 minutes.
Ms Pearce said elective surgery also continued to lead the nation in
elective surgery performance, with 96.4 per cent of all elective surgeries were
performed within recommended time frames.
In 2018-19, the NSW Government is investing a record $22.9 billion in
health, an increase of $1.1 billion on the previous financial year. This
includes $19.2 billion towards improving services in hospitals in NSW this
An investment of $759 million for acute patient services will fund an
additional 40,000 emergency department attendances in addition to 2.9 million
already provided and an extra 3,200 elective surgeries in addition to the
225,500 already provided.
The NSW Government’s record $1 billion 2018-19 NSW Ambulance budget
includes a commitment to provide an additional 700 paramedics and 50 Triple
Zero control centre staff over the next four years.
The 2018-19 Budget
also added 1,370 health staff, including 950 nurses and midwives, 300 medical
practitioners and 120 allied health professionals – resulting in a record
frontline clinical and clinical support staff of over 105,000.