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

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Queensland

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 Queensland target for 2012 is 70%.

For peer-grouped hospitals, the percentage of patients departing ED within four hours varied across Queensland, ranging from 90% at Gympie Hospital in the medium hospitals peer group to 33% at Princess Alexandra Hospital in the major metropolitan hospitals peer group.

Time until most admitted patients (90%) departed ED1

In Queensland’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 6 hours and 23 minutes at Gympie Hospital in the medium hospitals peer group to 21 hours and 37 minutes at Cairns Base Hospital in the major regional hospitals peer group.

Figure 8: Percentage of all patients departing ED within four hours of arrival, regional Queensland, 2011–12

Map of Queensland 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 (%)
Bundaberg 19:39 773
Cairns 21:37 57
Mackay 11:36 773
Nambour 15:32 502
Rockhampton 19:32 69
Toowoomba 13:07 64
Townsville 21:36 60
National peer performance 16:57 63

Large regional hospitals1

Hospital Most
admitted

(hr:min)
Departed
within four
hours (%)
Hervey Bay 18:38 71
Mount Isa 7:01 88
National peer performance 12:24 78

Medium hospitals1

Hospital Most
admitted

(hr:min)
Departed
within four
hours (%)
Hospital 7:10 87
Gladstone Gympie 6:23 90
National peer performance 12:15 76

Figure 9: Percentage of all patients departing ED within four hours of arrival, major cities Queensland, 2011–12

Map of the Brisbane 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 (%)
Caboolture 14:49 58
Gold Coast 15:33 58
Ipswich 10:48 62
Logan 20:53 54
Mater Adult 17:48 63
Princess Alexandra 18:46 332
Redcliffe 15:25 53
Royal Brisbane & Women’s 13:27 58
The Prince Charles 12:14 55
National peer performance 14:59 54

Large metropolitan hospitals1

Hospital Most
admitted

(hr:min)
Departed
within four
hours (%)
QE II Jubilee 10:05 66
Redland 16:04 71
National peer performance 12:29 67

Medium hospitals1

Hospital Most
admitted

(hr:min)
Departed
within four
hours (%)
Caloundra 16:55 72
National peer performance 12:15 76

Specialist hospitals1

Hospital Most
admitted

(hr:min)
Departed
within four
hours (%)
Mater Children’s 13:52 71
Royal Children’s 9:34 80

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.

3. Hospital is in the highest 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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