NSW Health Acting Deputy Secretary Elizabeth Wood said for the second
successive report the patient numbers were the highest of any other previous
quarter on record.
hospitals across NSW saw almost 755,000 patients attend emergency departments
in April, May, and June, an increase of 8.2 per cent, or around 57,000 more
than the same quarter of last year.
NSW Ambulance experienced a very busy quarter, with close to 310,000
ambulance responses, up by 9.7 per cent or an additional 27,523 responses on 2018’s
“We have seen a staggering number of hospital
presentations this quarter,
which is not even peak winter, influenced by the
longest flu season in a decade,” Ms Wood said.
“In the face of these unprecedented arrivals, almost 72 per cent of ED
patients had their treatment start on time, thanks to the outstanding efforts
of our frontline staff.”
“In addition, NSW elective
surgery again outshines all other States with 96.4 per cent of all elective
surgeries performed within the recommended time frames,” she said.
For the first time, the Bureau of Health Information reported on the rates
of seclusion and restraint of patients in specialised acute mental health
“Since 2010-11, the rate of seclusion in NSW public hospitals has almost
halved, a change to our culture we should be proud of,” Ms Wood said.
Across NSW in the April to June 2019 quarter, seclusion events remained steady
while the rate of physical restraint in the quarter increased 102 events
NSW is committed to reducing the
use of physical restraint through the Mental
Health Safety and Quality in NSW: A
plan to implement recommendations of the Review of seclusion, restraint and observation of consumers with a mental illness in NSW Health
the NSW Government is investing a record $26.7 billion in health. This year,
$20.1 billion will go towards improving service in hospitals in NSW and $19.7
million in the first stage of a three-year, record $90 million commitment will
contribute to improving mental health services.
More than $1 billion is to be
invested in NSW Ambulance services in 2019-20, including
to employ an additional 221 paramedics and call centre staff. The workforce
boost is the second tranche of the Government’s commitment to employ an additional 750 paramedics and call
centre staff over four years