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Time spent in emergency departments

Emergency department

This section shows data related to presentations (visits) to this hospital’s emergency department. Each visit is counted separately, so the number of presentations may not be equal to the number of people seen or treated by the emergency department if some people visited more than once. Here, ‘patients’ refers to the number of presentations.

This section shows the percentage of patients arriving at this hospital’s emergency department who commenced treatment within the maximum recommended time. Recommended maximum waiting times vary depending on the urgency of the patient's need for care (their triage category), as assessed by a healthcare professional in the emergency department. The five triage categories are called: Resuscitation, Emergency, Urgent, Semi-urgent and Non-urgent.

Resuscitation waiting time (requires treatment immediately)

In 2016–17, 99% of resuscitation patients were treated immediately upon arrival (within 2 minutes) at the emergency department of this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 100%.

Year Number of patients Patients treated immediately Peer group average
2016–17 461 99% 100%

Emergency waiting time (requires treatment within 10 minutes)

In 2016–17, 77% of emergency patients were treated within 10 minutes of arrival at the emergency department of this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 71%.

Year Number of patients Patients treated within 10 minutes Peer group average
2016–17 9,471 77% 71%

Urgent waiting time (requires treatment within 30 minutes)

In 2016–17, 44% of urgent patients were treated within 30 minutes of arrival at the emergency department of this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 61%.

Year Number of patients Patients treated within 30 minutes Peer group average
2016–17 29,769 44% 61%

Semi-urgent waiting time (requires treatment within 60 minutes)

In 2016–17, 58% of semi-urgent patients were treated within 60 minutes of arrival at the emergency department of this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 73%.

Year Number of patients Patients treated within 60 minutes Peer group average
2016–17 34,352 58% 73%

Non-urgent waiting time (treatment recommended within 120 minutes)

In 2016–17, 91% of non-urgent patients were treated within 120 minutes of arrival at the emergency department of this hospital, compared to its national peer group performance of 92%.

Year Number of patients Patients treated within 120 minutes Peer group average
2016–17 8,468 91% 92%

This section shows the percentage of patients who departed the emergency department (ED) within four hours of arrival. Data are presented for all patients; and by triage category (the urgency of the patient’s need for care as assessed by an emergency department healthcare professional). The five triage categories are called: Resuscitation, Emergency, Urgent, Semi-urgent and Non-urgent. Data are also presented for patients admitted from the emergency department to the same hospital; and for patients discharged from the emergency department.

Percentage of all patients departing the emergency department within four hours of arrival

In 2016–17, 71% of all patients departed this hospital's emergency department within four hours of arrival, compared to its national peer group performance of 66%.

Year Number of patients Patients who departed ED within 4 hours of arrival Peer group average
2016–17 85,093 71% 66%

Percentage of resuscitation patients (require treatment immediately) departing the emergency department within four hours of arrival

In 2016–17, 63% of resuscitation patients departed this hospital's emergency department within four hours of arrival, compared to its national peer group performance of 58%.

Year Number of patients Patients who departed ED within 4 hours of arrival Peer group average
2016–17 461 63% 58%

Percentage of emergency patients (require treatment within 10 minutes) departing the emergency department within four hours of arrival

In 2016–17, 59% of emergency patients departed this hospital's emergency department within four hours of arrival, compared to its national peer group performance of 54%.

Year Number of patients Patients who departed ED within 4 hours of arrival Peer group average
2016–17 9,487 59% 54%

Percentage of urgent patients (require treatment within 30 minutes) departing the emergency department within four hours of arrival

In 2016–17, 60% of urgent patients departed this hospital's emergency department within four hours of arrival, compared to its national peer group performance of 59%.

Year Number of patients Patients who departed ED within 4 hours of arrival Peer group average
2016–17 30,315 60% 59%

Percentage of semi-urgent patients (require treatment within 60 minutes) departing the emergency department within four hours of arrival

In 2016–17, 78% of semi-urgent patients departed this hospital's emergency department within four hours of arrival, compared to its national peer group performance of 75%.

Year Number of patients Patients who departed ED within 4 hours of arrival Peer group average
2016–17 35,713 78% 75%

Percentage of non-urgent patients (treatment recommended within 120 minutes) departing the emergency department within four hours of arrival

In 2016–17, 92% of non-urgent patients departed this hospital's emergency department within four hours of arrival, compared to its national peer group performance of 89%.

Year Number of patients Patients who departed ED within 4 hours of arrival Peer group average
2016–17 9,117 92% 89%

Percentage of admitted patients departing the emergency department within four hours of arrival

In 2016–17, 49% of admitted patients departed this hospital's emergency department within four hours of arrival, compared to its national peer group performance of 46%.

Year Number of patients Patients who departed ED within 4 hours of arrival Peer group average
2016–17 32,454 49% 46%

Percentage of discharged patients departing the emergency department within four hours of arrival

In 2016–17, 84% of discharged patients departed this hospital's emergency department within four hours of arrival, compared to its national peer group performance of 79%.

Year Number of patients Patients who departed ED within 4 hours of arrival Peer group average
2016–17 52,639 84% 79%

This section shows information on the length of time spent in the emergency department (ED) from arrival to departure, including the median time patients spent in the emergency department (time until half of patients (50%) had departed from the emergency department) and the time until most patients (90%) had departed from the emergency department. Data are presented for all patients; patients treated and admitted to the same hospital; and patients discharged from emergency department (whether discharged, left at their own risk or referred to another hospital).

Time spent by all patients in the emergency department

In 2016–17, the median length of time for all patients to depart this hospital’s emergency department was 3 hours 1 minute. The length of time until most patients (90%) had departed was 6 hours 53 minutes, compared to its national peer group performance of 8 hours 3 minutes.

Year Number of patients Median time Time until most patients (90%) departed ED Peer group average
2016–17 85,093 3hrs1min 6hrs53mins 8hrs3mins

Time spent in the emergency department (patients treated and admitted to the same hospital)

In 2016–17, the median length of time for patients to leave this hospital’s emergency department for admission to the same hospital was 4 hours 4 minutes. The length of time until most patients (90%) had departed was 9 hours 34 minutes, compared to its national peer group performance of 11 hours 25 minutes.

Year Number of patients Median time Time until most patients (90%) departed ED Peer group average
2016–17 32,454 4hrs4mins 9hrs34mins 11hrs25mins

Time spent in the emergency department (patients discharged)

In 2016–17, the median length of time for patients to leave this hospital’s emergency department (whether discharged, left at their own risk or referred to another hospital) was 2 hours 28 minutes. The length of time until most patients (90%) had departed was 4 hours 45 minutes, compared to its national peer group performance of 5 hours 27 minutes.

Year Number of patients Median time Time until most patients (90%) departed ED Peer group average
2016–17 52,639 2hrs28mins 4hrs45mins 5hrs27mins

This section shows the number of presentations (visits) to this hospital’s emergency department. Data are shown for total presentations, and by the urgency of the patient’s need for care (their triage category), as assessed by a healthcare professional in the emergency department.

Total presentations

In 2016–17, 85,093 patients presented to this emergency department for treatment.

Year Number of patients
2016–17 85,093

Resuscitation presentations (require treatment immediately)

In 2016–17, 461 patients presented to this emergency department requiring treatment immediately.

Year Number of patients
2016–17 461

Emergency presentations (require treatment within 10 minutes)

In 2016–17, 9,487 patients presented to this emergency department requiring treatment within 10 minutes.

Year Number of patients
2016–17 9,487

Urgent presentations (require treatment within 30 minutes)

In 2016–17, 30,315 patients presented to this emergency department requiring treatment within 30 minutes.

Year Number of patients
2016–17 30,315

Semi-urgent presentations (require treatment within 60 minutes)

In 2016–17, 35,713 patients presented to this emergency department requiring treatment within 60 minutes.

Year Number of patients
2016–17 35,713

Non-urgent presentations (treatment recommended within 120 minutes)

In 2016–17, 9,117 patients presented to this emergency department requiring treatment within 120 minutes.

Year Number of patients
2016–17 9,117