Macksville and other public hospitals see increase in emergency department activity

Macksville and other public hospitals across the Mid North Coast have continued to improve across key areas of emergency department and elective surgery performance, according to the Bureau of Health's Healthcare Quarterly.

Mid North Coast Local Health District (MNCLHD) Acting Chief Executive Kathleen Ryan said in the last three months there had been an 11 per cent increase in emergency department activity.

"Despite this increased activity in our emergency departments, we have seen improvement in the proportion of our patients who start treatment on time, with 78.4 per cent starting treatment on time this quarter compared to 75.2 per cent in the same quarter last year," she said.

The larger hospitals at Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour have performed well, with an increase in the proportion of ED patients starting treatment on time at Port Macquarie Base Hospital (6.6 percentage point increase compared to 2018) and at Coffs Harbour Health Campus (3.7 percentage point increase compared to 2018).

Ms Ryan said the MNCLHD continued to make very effective use of network operations between its larger base hospitals and smaller district facilities.

"Our smaller hospitals at Kempsey and Macksville have continued to support our clinical networks by completing 100 per cent of their elective surgery procedures on time."

Between June 2012 and June 2018 MNCLHD has increased its workforce by more than 25 per cent with 686 full time equivalent staff including 88 more doctors and 306 more nurses.

The 2018-19 budget for MNCLHD is more than $634 million, an increase of nearly $28 million on the 2017-18 annualised budget.

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