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Hospital Performance: Time patients spent in emergency departments in 2011–12

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New South Wales

Time in ED from arrival to departure 2011–12

Percentage of all patients departing ED within four hours of arrival1

The national target for 2015 is 90% of all patients depart ED within four hours of arrival. The New South Wales target for 2012 is 69%.

For peer-grouped hospitals, the percentage of patients departing ED within four hours varied across New South Wales, ranging from 82% at Broken Hill Hospital in the medium hospitals peer group to 36% at Liverpool Hospital in the major metropolitan hospitals peer group.

Time until most admitted patients (90%) departed ED1

In New South Wales’ peer-grouped hospitals, the period of time until most admitted patients (90%) departed ED for admission to a ward in the same hospital ranged from 9 hours and 33 minutes at Broken Hill Hospital in the medium hospitals peer group to 27 hours and 24 minutes at Blacktown Hospital in the major metropolitan hospitals peer group.

Figure 4: Percentage of all patients departing ED within four hours of arrival, regional NSW and the cities of Tweed Heads and Wollongong, 2011–12

Map of New South Wales marked with hospital locations and the corresponding percentage of all patients departing the hospital emergency department within four hours of arrival, 2011-12.

Legend describing the map data points in terms of presentation (size from 10,000 to 70,000 and above) and performance (highest and lowest 10% of peer group nationally) via data point size and colour respectively.

Major regional hospitals1

Hospital Most
admitted

(hr:min)
Departed
within four
hours (%)
Coffs Harbour 21:16 55
Dubbo 20:17 58
Lismore 20:19 472
Manning 16:27 59
Orange 21:18 66
Port Macquarie 18:15 61
Shoalhaven 14:06 58
Tamworth 14:25 61
Wagga Wagga 16:02 54
National peer performance 16:57 63

Large regional hospitals1

Hospital Most
admitted

(hr:min)
Departed
within four
hours (%)
Bathurst 16:01 68
Grafton 13:08 612
National peer performance 12:24 78

Medium hospitals1

Hospital Most
admitted

(hr:min)
Departed
within four
hours (%)
Broken Hill 9:33 82
Kempsey 10:02 80
National peer performance 12:15 76

Figure 5: Percentage of all patients departing ED within four hours of arrival, major cities NSW, 2011–12

Map of the New South Wales Central Coast marked with hospital locations and the corresponding percentage of all patients departing the hospital emergency department within four hours of arrival, 2011-12.

Map of the Sydney metro area marked with hospital locations and the corresponding percentage of all patients departing the hospital emergency department within four hours of arrival, 2011-12.

Legend describing the map data points in terms of presentation (size from 10,000 to 70,000 and above) and performance (highest and lowest 10% of peer group nationally) via data point size and colour respectively.

Major metropolitan hospitals1

Hospital Most
admitted

(hr:min)
Departed
within four
hours (%)
Bankstown Lidcombe 14:14 44
Blacktown 27:24 372
Campbelltown 22:29 46
Concord 10:36 55
Gosford 13:20 42
John Hunter 12:31 46
Liverpool 18:47 362
Nepean 17:51 45
Prince of Wales 13:40 50
Royal North Shore 12:25 49
Royal Prince Alfred 12:10 47
St George 13:54 54
St Vincent’s 17:56 52
Sutherland 16:43 52
Tweed 17:15 61
Westmead 17:14 392
Wollongong 17:31 45
Wyong 17:07 57
National peer performance 14:59 54

Large metropolitan hospitals1

Hospital Most
admitted

(hr:min)
Departed
within four
hours (%)
Auburn 10:33 60
Calvary Mater 15:36 65
Canterbury 14:25 52
Fairfield 14:35 59
Hawkesbury 17:36 53
Hornsby Ku-ring-gai 13:26 482
Maitland 17:46 65
Manly 11:35 67
Mona Vale 14:27 65
Ryde 10:14 64
Shellharbour 17:40 52
National peer performance 12:29 67

Medium hospitals1

Hospital Most
admitted

(hr:min)
Departed
within four
hours (%)
Belmont 13:59 63
Mount Druitt 19:13 412
National peer performance 12:15 76

Specialist hospitals1

Hospital Most
admitted

(hr:min)
Departed
within four
hours (%)
Sydney Children’s 10:56 76
Sydney / Sydney Eye 6:37 87
The Children’s at Westmead 13:28 59

1. For more information on measures and peer groups see About the data.

2. Hospital is in the lowest 10% of their peer group nationally.

Source: National Non-admitted Patient Emergency Department Care Database 2011–12, data extracted 5 November 2012.

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