While people were enjoying their Christmas and New Year break, health district hospital emergency departments were busier than ever.
“Our emergency departments did a magnificent job to manage the busy Christmas, New Year and holiday period,” Chief Executive of the Southern NSW Local Health District Andrew Newton said.
At Goulburn Base Hospital, there were a total of 70 emergency department presentations including seven ambulance attendances.
A total of 87 per cent were seen, treated and discharged within the four-hour benchmark.
“The result is a great credit to our fantastic emergency department teams,” Mr Newton said.
Mr Newton reminded the public to see their local GP or medical centre when the matter was not serious or life-threatening to minimise the load on emergency departments.
“For any advice or concerns, the public should remember that Healthdirect is always able to assist with medical advice,” he said.
“In the case of a health emergency, people should call triple zero, but for other health concerns, Healthdirect is an excellent source of assistance.”
In other statistics, there were 444 elective surgery procedures between July and September of last year.
Out of the 444 procedures, 86 were urgent, 136 were semi-urgent, 220 were non-urgent and all of the average waiting times were below the recommended waiting times.
All urgent procedures were performed below the 30-day suggested waiting time.
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