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Busy start to 2020 for CQ hospitals

21 February 2020

Central Queensland public hospitals had a busy start to 2020, with 11,250 patients through Emergency Departments for the month of January.

This was a 6% rise from the previous year.

Chief Executive Steve Williamson is proud of the multi-disciplinary teams who are on the frontline, delivering top quality 24/7 health care to Central Queenslanders.

“Our teams right across the board work very hard to ensure patients are seen when they need to be. Despite those numbers, there was an average wait time to treatment of just 10 minutes across all five triage categories. That’s an impressive achievement.”

There were 73 category 1 (sickest or most seriously injured) patients seen in CQ hospitals in January and every one of those was seen within clinically recommended time, which is immediately. This was up from 56 category 1 patients in December.

On top of those ED numbers, CQ hospitals did 493 elective surgeries in the month of January, up from 457 in January 2019.

Mr Williamson said CQ teams put a big focus on patients getting their elective surgery on time, with most (97.4%) having their procedure within clinical guidelines.

“Our priority is to ensure our patients are seen where and when they need to be seen to ensure they get the best possible outcomes.

Our teams right across the board work extremely hard to make that happen, and behalf of the community I offer them a big thankyou
for their dedication.”

January data:

  • Rockhampton ED saw 4271 patients, with a median waiting time to treatment of 13 minutes
  • Gladstone ED saw 2892 patients, with a media waiting time to treatment of 9 minutes
  • Rockhampton Hospital treated 376 elective surgery patients in January, with 99.7% seen on time
  • Gladstone Hospital treated 102 elective surgery patients in January, with 100% seen on time

Last updated: 4 March 2020

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