Victoria’s Hospital EDs Continue To Improve

Victoria’s Hospital EDs Continue To Improve

Victoria Minister for Health David Davis

Hospital EDs Improve In Latest Performance Report

Victor P Taffa

Victoria’s hospitals are continuing to improve their emergency department performances, Minister for Health David Davis said today.

Releasing the Victorian Health Services Performance Report for the three months to the end of December 2011, Mr. Davis said the time to treatment for patients in Categories 2 to 5 had improved on the same period a year earlier.

Hospitals also maintained their 100 % record for seeing Category 1 patients immediately upon their arrival at hospital.

Mr. Davis said other pleasing results from the performance report included:

  • 82 % of Category 2 emergency patients were treated within the benchmark 10 minutes up from 80 % in the 2010 December quarter.
  • 72 % of Category 3 emergency patients received treatment within 30 minutes, up from 69 %.
  • 67 % of non-urgent Category 4 ED patients were treated within an hour, up from 65 % a year earlier.
  • 88 % of non-urgent Category 5 ED patients were treated within two hours, up from 87 % a year earlier.

The major metropolitan hospitals went on bypass for 1.4 % of the time in the December quarter, down from the 1.8 % bypass rate in December 2010, and well below the benchmark of 3 %.

Mr. Davis said the December report listed 43,725 patients on the elective surgery waiting list as at December 31, up from 38,166 a year earlier.

“However, even though the number of patients on the list is up, our hospitals are continuing to provide their operations in a timely manner.” Mr. Davis said.

“In the three months to the end of December, 87 % of our elective surgery patients received their operations within the benchmark time up from 86 % a year earlier.

“The median time to treatment for elective surgery patients was 34 days which despite increased pressure on our hospitals was the same as it was a year earlier.”

“It is important to note that the median time to treatment for our Category 1 most urgent elective surgery patients were just 11 days, which is well within the national benchmark of providing operations within 30 days.”

Mr. Davis said 76 % of Category 2 semi-urgent patients received treatment within the benchmark 90 days, up from 74 % in the three months to the end of December 2010.

The prolonged industrial action by the nurses’ union had an impact on the performance of Victoria’s hospitals in the December quarter and will also show up in the next Performance Report.

Mr. Davis said the Government was providing a wider range of performance measures than were available previously, enabling the community to assess their local hospitals.

“The Government promised an open and transparent health system, and we are delivering it.” Mr. Davis said.

“This Government’s reports include a far wider range of information than was released under previous reporting formats and the Government is now reporting quarterly data compared to six monthly reports previously.”