Grafton hospital in good shape

GRAFTON Base Hospital has faired reasonably well in comparison with other hospitals, according to NSW Health data compiled by The Sun- Herald on its MyHospital website, but key statistics from Maclean District Hospital do not appear on the site.

Like all hospitals in NSW, doctors at the Grafton Emergency Department apparently saw 100 per cent of immediately life-threatening cases (category 1) within two minutes of their arrival in 2007-08.

Some 93 per cent of imminently life-threatening cases (category 2) were seen within 10 minutes – well above the benchmark of 80 per cent.

Grafton fell slightly behind in category 3 where only 70 per cent of potentially life-threatening cases were seen within 30 minutes – the benchmark is 75 per cent.

Potentially serious cases (category 4) also fell below par with 63 per cent of patients seeing a doctor within an hour – the target is 70 per cent, while 85 per cent of less-serious cases were seen within two hours.

The same statistics were not available for Maclean District Hospital and, due to a late inquiry, a NSW Health spokeswoman was unable to explain this last night. The Department said it expected the answer to be available today.

Grafton’s figures compared favourably with many hospitals, including Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital which listed 55 per cent (cat 2), 52 per cent (cat 3) and 62 per cent (cat 4).

The Sun-Herald site allows users to:

  •  Check out whether their local hospital is meeting benchmarks for emergency response times;
  •  Look at key figures such as elective treatment, emergency department performance and the average cost of treatment for any NSW hospital, and;
  •  Compare similar hospitals’ performance.The data for the site was extracted from the NSW Health Services Comparison Data Book 2007-08 and more recent statistics are available from the NSW Health Website

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