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

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Northern Territory

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 Northern Territory target for 2012 is 69%.

For peer-grouped hospitals, the percentage of patients departing ED within four hours varied between the two reported hospitals in the Northern Territory, ranging from 65% at Alice Springs Hospital in the major regional hospitals peer group to 54% at Royal Darwin Hospital in the same peer group.

Time until most admitted patients (90%) departed ED1

In the Northern Territory’s 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 15 hours and 6 minutes at Alice Springs Hospital in the major regional hospitals peer group to 20 hours and 26 minutes at Royal Darwin Hospital in the same peer group.

Figure 16: Percentage of all patients departing ED within four hours of arrival, Northern Territory, 2011–12

Map of the Northern Territory 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 (%)
Alice Springs 15:06 65
Royal Darwin 20:26 54
National peer performance 16:57 63

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

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

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