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Continuing improvements to Sandringham Hospital performance

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October 22, 2014

•Improved ambulance transfer times and emergency department
performance
•Significant improvement in elective surgery waiting list
•Victorian Coalition Government building a healthier Victoria

Victoria’s public hospitals have made big improvements in the time taken
to transfer patients from ambulances into the emergency department,
Minister for Health David Davis said today.

Mr Davis said the improvements, detailed in the Victorian Health Services
Performance report for the June quarter, showed that the reforms
implemented by the Victorian Coalition Government after the Ambulance
Transfer Taskforce late last year were working.

The proportion of transfers completed within 40 minutes has jumped from 76
per cent in the June 2013 quarter to 88.5 per cent now.

Mr Davis said the Performance report showed improvements for the
Sandringham & District Memorial Hospital in a number of key areas. These
show Sandringham Hospital:

•Completed the transfer of 91.6% of patients who arrived at the
hospital in an ambulance in the June quarter within the target of 40
minutes, up on its 85.5% transfer rate in June 2013 and better than the
State-wide benchmark of 90%.
•Received 708 ambulance arrivals at the ED in the 3 months to the end
of June – up from 634 arrivals in the March quarter.
•Admitted 3653 patients in the 3 months to the end of June – up from
3122 admissions in the previous 3 months.
•Admitted 1543 emergency patients in the 3 months to the end of June –
up from 1181 emergency admissions a year earlier.
•Saw 8508 patients who presented to the emergency department in the 3
months to the end of June – up from 8085 presentations a year earlier.
•Provided treatment to 1512 outpatients in specialist clinics in the
June quarter, up from 1368 treatments in the previous 3 months.
•Provided a total of 6153 bed-days to patients in the 3 months to the
end of June – up from 5682 bed-days in the previous 3 months.
- Admitted 64 neonatal intensive care/special care nursery babies for
the June quarter, up from 48 admissions in the previous 3 months.
•Treated 100% of the 13 Category 1 emergency patients in the June
quarter immediately on arrival at the hospital ED.
•Treated 82% of Category 2 patients within 10 minutes of arrival at
the Sandringham Hospital ED in the 3 months to the end of June – up from
80% in the previous quarter, and beating the State-wide target of 80%.
•Treated 81% of Category 3 patients within 30 minutes of arrival at
the ED in the 3 months to the end of June – up from 77% in the previous
quarter, and above the benchmark target of 75%.
•Treated 74% of semi-urgent Category 4 patients within an hour of
arrival at the Sandringham ED in the 3 months to the end of June – up from
69% in the previous quarter, and above the State average of 73%.
•86% of non-admitted emergency department patients were discharged
home within the benchmark 4 hours in the 3 months to the end of June – up
from 83% in the previous quarter, and above the State average of 81%.
•Provided operations within the benchmark 30 days for 100% of the
hospital’s 53 Category 1 urgent elective surgery patients in the June
quarter.
•Provided operations within the benchmark 90 days for 100% of the
hospital’s Category 2 urgent elective surgery patients in the June quarter
– up from 98% a year earlier.
•Provided operations within the benchmark 365 days for 100% of the
hospital’s Category 3 elective surgery patients in the June quarter.

The June report also shows a significant drop in patients across the State
on the elective surgery waiting list, a 6,700 increase in patients
admitted off the waiting list and big increases in the proportion of
lower-urgency elective surgery patients receiving their surgery within
clinically desirable time-frames.

“The June report confirms that the initiatives introduced to our public
hospital system by the Victorian Coalition Government are working,” Mr
Davis said.

“These figures show that there has been a significant drop in ambulance
transfer times to hospital; that record numbers of patients are receiving
their elective surgery; that waiting lists are at their lowest for four
years; and that a number of our hospitals have waiting lists lower than
they were in 1999.

“An increase in Victorian Government funding this year will enable
hospitals to continue their focus on elective surgery. The 2014/15 Budget
included a $190 million boost to elective surgery over four years to drive
down the list further. This is on top of normal hospital funding,” Mr
Davis said.

Official Department of Health figures show that hospitals treated a record
170,243 patients from the waiting list during 2013/14, which is 17,167
more than the previous year.

The report shows that 71 per cent of Category 2 semi-urgent elective
surgery patients received their surgery within 90 days, up from 62 per
cent a year earlier. More than half of them received their treatment
within 55 days.

And 91 per cent of non-urgent Category 3 patients received their surgery
within 365 days, up from 88 per cent a year earlier. More than half of
them received their treatment within 87 days.

“Doctors, nurses, hospital administrators and support staff should be
congratulated for their work in improving performance and treating more
patients, more quickly,” Mr Davis said.

“The Napthine Government has announced an average 5.1 per cent increase in bottom-line funding for our hospitals in 2014-15, which will help to further boost this performance.

“It is also fantastic to see the hospital system has recovered from the
legacy of savage funding cuts initiated by the former federal Labor
Government. The $107 million slashed from Victorian hospital budgets in
late 2012 had a devastating impact on Victorian hospitals,” Mr Davis said.

“Although the former federal Labor Government begrudgingly restored the
funding after sustained pressure from the Victorian Coalition Government,
Daniel Andrews is yet to apologise for these cuts.

Murray Thompson the Member for Sandringham welcomed the announcement by the Minister and the performance improvements delineated.