Surgeons work hard for Rockhampton patients
21 February 2019
Rockhampton Hospital orthopaedics department is a star performer in the hospital’s elective surgery numbers, keeping waiting times to a minimum for patients.
January figures show 347 patients had elective surgery in Rockhampton for the month, with 81 of those having orthopaedics procedures.
Executive Director Rockhampton Hospital Wendy Hoey said she was extremely proud of the orthopaedics team, under the leadership of Dr Adriaan Smith.
“They provide great care, they’re passionate about getting the best possible outcomes for our patients and they really go above and beyond to ensure our patients get the care they need when they need it, right here in Central Queensland,” she said.
Dr Smith said the team now had a full complement of six orthopaedic surgery specialists, and every member worked hard to ensure patients were treated on time and in turn.
He said the most common procedures in Central Queensland were hip and knee replacements, and there were also a lot of arthroscopic knee and shoulder surgeries.
The vast majority (99.6%) of patients in CQ Health received their elective surgery within the clinically recommended time frame in January. A total of 457 patients had elective surgery in Central Queensland hospitals during the month, up from 402 in December.
January figures show 10,606 patients presented to Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service emergency departments in January 2019. This was slightly down from 11,123 in a busy December.
There were 70 category 1 (sickest or most seriously injured) presentations in January, and all were seen within the recommended timeframe.
The median wait time across all five categories was just 10 minutes.
Patients whose ED stay was within four hours was at 84% in January, which is better than the target of 80%.