GRIFFITH Base Hospital has received a healthy report card for its waiting times, latest figures have revealed.
The hospital continued to outperform its NSW peers in many aspects of Emergency Department (ED) and elective surgery waiting times from April to June this year, the latest quarterly data from the Bureau of Health Information shows.
Murrumbidgee Local Health District chief executive Susan Weisser said this result was extremely pleasing as the hospital treated about 4446 ED patients and 322 elective surgery patients during the April to June 2013 quarter.
"One hundred per cent of category one and three elective surgery patients received their surgery within the clinically recommended timeframe. One category two patient waited one day longer than the 90 day timeframe and GBH therefore reported 99 per cent against this category," Ms Weisser said.
"This is an excellent achievement and places GBH above its peers across the state."
Ms Weisser said this achievement was despite 47 more patients or a 17.1 per cent increase in the number of elective surgery procedures performed at GBH compared to the previous quarter.
GBH also improved or maintained patient waiting times for triage two and three patients in the ED and outperformed its peer hospitals and the state average in all triage categories.
Eighty three per cent of patients left the ED within four hours, which was above the peer benchmark of 70 per cent.
All ED patients are triaged on arrival by a registered nurse and those with more urgent conditions are treated first.
"The results show on average Griffith has a shorter time from patient presentation to the start of treatment for all the triage categories when compared with our NSW peers," Ms Weisser said.
The time less urgent cases waited to be seen increased this quarter although Griffith's performance remains better than the state average.
"Sometimes those with less urgent conditions can wait longer and we encourage people to consider seeing their GP rather than presenting to the ED whenever possible," Ms Weisser said.