Western Sydney and Central Coast patients still face long waits

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Patients in Western Sydney still face the longest waits in the State’s hospital emergency departments.

Blacktown, Liverpool, Westmead and Nepean hospitals in Western Sydney are the most overworked emergency departments in the state – with four in 10 people waiting more than the national benchmark of four hours for treatment.

PERCENTAGE OF PATIENTS WAITING MORE THAN FOUR HOURS IN EMERGENCY

Hospital

January - March 2015

Blacktown

44 per cent

Liverpool

44 per cent

Westmead

43 per cent

Nepean

43 per cent

Gosford

36 per cent

Shoalhaven

36 per cent

Wollongong

36 per cent

Campbelltown

36 per cent

John Hunter

36 per cent

RPA

36 per cent

Lismore

36 per cent

Source: Bureau of Health Information report, January to March 2015 published today.

“We have known for years that hospitals in Western Sydney are not coping with growing population and increasing presentations,” Mr Secord said.

“The hardworking staff at our hospitals is chronically under-resourced and are forced to do more with less – due to the more than $3 billion in State cuts and nationally $60 billion from health and hospitals.

“Health Minister Jillian Skinner is crowing about the fact that hospital waiting times have improved marginally – while almost half of all people presenting to Blacktown, Liverpool and Westmead Hospitals are waiting more than four hours to be seen.

 “It is a sad day for NSW when stagnation is a cause for celebration.”

There are now 72,974 patients in the queue for elective procedures like knee and hip replacements, orthopedic surgery and tonsil and cataract removal – and more than 450 of those patients have been waiting over a year.

Waiting lists for important procedures are blowing out, with 5,250 people in NSW on the waiting list for a total knee replacement – up six percent in a year.

Patients at Central Coast hospitals face unacceptably long waits for elective surgery.

The median waiting time on the Central Coast for non-urgent elective surgery is almost a year at 303 days – with some patients are waiting 357 days.  

 “Once again, Central Coast patients face unacceptably long waits for surgery,” Mr Secord said.

 “Jillian Skinner has called today’s results “pleasing”, but I don’t think patients in Western Sydney and on the Central Coast would agree.” 

Find out how your hospital performs: http://www.bhi.nsw.gov.au/publications/hospital_quarterly_nsw/hospital_quarterly_report_vol_6_issue_1