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Muswellbrook and Singleton hospitals exceeding state averages for wait times


Emergency departments across the Hunter New England Local Health District (HNELH) are exceeding the state average for waiting times.

According to the latest statistics, from the BHI Healthcare Quarterly Activity and Performance Report, between April and June this year out of 101,690 patients that presented at emergency departments, 75.2 per cent of them were in and out within four hours.

Across the HNELH District 77.9 of people started their treatment within the recommended timeframes which is an improvement on last year.

The average transfer of care time was nine minutes – two minutes quicker than the state average.

Over 21,537 patients arrived by ambulance across the district with over 94 per cent transferred to the emergency department within the 30 minutes benchmark.

Among the best performing hospitals for elective surgeries were Muswellbrook and Cessnock, as well as the Calvary Mater Newcastle, Narrabri, Inverell and Moree where 100 per cent of elective surgeries were performed on time.

Singleton maintained its 100 per cent timeliness on surgeries performed on time.

“Our staff have been going above and beyond to ensure we continue to meet the demands of the community, and I am grateful for their ongoing commitment to delivering high-quality health care across the region,” said HNELHD Chief Executive Michael DiRienzo.

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