Our ED staff cared for 3.4% more patients in the final quarter of last year (6,277 people) than that same quarter in 2015.
Minister Hennessey, who visited our Emergency Department on December 2, has told the media of our benchmark-beating performance including treating 89% of Category 2 ED patients within 10 minutes of arrival (the statewide target is 80%) and completing the transfer of 98.4% of patients who arrived in an ambulance within the 40-minute target (the statewide benchmark is 90%).
For this same December quarter, 1,101 patients arrived by ambulance - up from 993 in the previous three months. Our Warrnambool Base Hospital, meantime, recorded a 20.7% increase in inpatients (to 5,016l) and a 37.1% increase in the number of patients admitted for same-day treatment (to 2,878) while our Camperdown Hospital recorded a 2.8% increase in same-day-treatment patients (to 219).
CEO John Krygger congratulated all staff for treating 1,823 more patients than ever before when these results were released last week. He and our Board of Directors are working hard to secure a government commitment for stage 2 funding of our Emergency Department and Operating Suite. Both facilities desperately need upgrading. ‘Securing stage 2 funding will enhance our capacity to safely handle the predicted increased throughput in the future,’ he said.
photo > Minister Hennessey was briefed about the inadequacies of our Emergency Department and Operating Suite when she visited our Warrnambool Base with CEO John Krygger (centre, from left) and Board Chair John Maher in December. Here, she meets with ED Dr Tim Baker and nurse unit manager Annette Kelson. (James Purcell MP, right, was also in attendance.)