Health service stacks up well in new report

CENTRAL Gippsland Health Service again showed strong performance across a range of key areas, according to a new report.

According to the Victorian Health Services Performance Report for the three months to the end of March, CGHS admitted 3334 patients over the period, up from 2994 admissions in the same period in 2011.

The report also revealed, over the three months to the end of March:

• 85 per cent of admitted emergency department patients were transferred to a ward bed within the benchmark eight hours, above the state-wide average of 75 per cent.

• 83 per cent of emergency department patients were discharged home within the benchmark four hours, above the state-wide average of 78 per cent.

• There were 1027 admissions through the emergency department, up from 795 admissions in the same period in 2011.

• The hospital saw 4088 patients who presented to the emergency department, up from 4059 presentations in the same quarter in 2011.

• It provided a total of 7617 bed-days to patients, up from 7036 bed-days for the same period in 2011.

• 53 babies were admitted to neonatal intensive care/special care nursery, up from 39 babies in the same period in 2011.

• All category one emergency patients were treated immediately on arrival at the Sale hospital emergency department.

• 97 per cent of category two patients were treated within 10 minutes of arrival at the ED, up from 72 per cent in the same period in 2011 and well above the state-wide target of 80 per cent.

• 89 per cent of category three patients were treated within 30 minutes of arrival at the ED, up from 80 per cent in the same period in 2011 and above the state-wide target of 75 per cent.

• 96.7 per cent of patients who arrived at the Sale hospital in an ambulance had their transfer completed within the target of 40 minutes, exceeding the benchmark of 90 per cent.

For more read Friday’s Gippsland Times.