The number of people attending Gosford Hospital Emergency Department (ED) is up 11.8% since the same time last year, according to the latest Bureau of Health Information (BHI) Healthcare Quarterly report.
This is exactly twice the 5.9% state wide increase over the quarter January-March, 2019.
The report revealed a greater number of attendances throughout NSW than in any previous quarter on record.
There was also a 10% increase in arrivals by ambulance, with Gosford recording an 11.3% upswing.
BHI Chief Executive Officer, Dr Diane Watson, said there were more than 750,000 ED attendances across the state, with 19,029 of those recorded at Gosford.
The report shows that about seven in 10 ED patients (71.9%) were treated within clinically recommended timeframes (down 4.3 percentage points) and about seven in 10 patients (70.6%) spent four hours or less in EDs (down 3.8 percentage points), although Gosford’s levels did not mirror the statewide downward trend.
“At NSW level, the timeliness of care provided to patients has declined from last year,” Watson said.
“The results vary across hospitals – with some experiencing bigger drops than we see at NSW level, while others had stable or improved performance despite increased activity.”
NSW Ambulance also experienced a very busy quarter, with more than 300,000 responses state wide, up 10.2% from the same quarter last year.
A new BHI-designed reporting system provides ambulance activity and performance measures for 91 standard geographical areas rather than the 18 ambulance zones previously reported on.
In the areas of Gosford and Wyong, there were 30-40 ambulance call-outs per 1,000 people and 40-60% of those calls were answered in under 15 minutes.
“Our ambulance reporting now gives consumers and health service providers in NSW more localised and meaningful information about the performance of ambulance services,” Watson said.
Media release, June 11
Bureau of Health Information (BHI)
BHI Healthcare Quarterly Report, January-March, 2019