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Mid North Coast hospitals continue to deliver quality care

Sep 06, 2023

Mid North Coast public hospitals continued to provide quality care from April to June 2023 despite high demand for services and sustained emergency department activity, according to the latest Bureau of Health Information (BHI) Healthcare Quarterly Report.

Mid North Coast Local Health District (MNCLHD) Acting Chief Executive Lydia Dennett thanked staff for their ongoing efforts to deliver exceptional care to patients throughout another busy period.

“We continue to see more planned surgeries performed, coupled with high activity levels in our emergency departments, and an increase in admitted patient activity,” Ms Dennett said.

“It’s pleasing to see our District performing above the state average in a number of areas, in particular our ambulance transfer of care times, which are among the best in the state.”

“Throughout the second quarter of 2023, MNCLHD performed 3,035 planned surgery procedures, which is an increase of 20.8 per cent, or 523 procedures, when compared with the same quarter last year. Pleasingly, almost all urgent planned procedures (99.4 per cent) were performed on time from April to June 2023.”

Any patients who feel their condition has deteriorated while waiting for their procedure are encouraged to contact their treating doctor for a clinical review and they can be placed in a higher urgency category if required.

Throughout the quarter there were 35,262 emergency department attendances at Mid North Coast public hospitals. Almost seven in 10 patients (69.1 per cent) started their treatment on time, which is better than the NSW average (65.8 per cent).

Eight in 10 patients (80.3 per cent) were transferred from ambulance to ED staff within the 30-minute benchmark, also better than the state average (74.1 per cent).

The majority of patients (67.7 per cent) left Mid North Coast EDs within four hours of arriving, which is also better than the NSW average (56.7 per cent).

MNCLHD continues to remind the community to keep emergency departments and ambulances for saving lives and consider alternative options for minor conditions such as medical centres and services like MNC Virtual Care available on 6589 2515 from 8am to 4.30pm, seven days a week.

MEDIA: Simone Plews | 0408 693 688

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