MORE patients were admitted to the Hamilton Base Hospital in the third quarter of 2013 compared to any other three month period.
A record 1793 patients were admitted to the hospital, including 524 emergency patients and 834 for same day treatment.
The Victorian Health Service Performance third quarter report released this week compares regional and metropolitan hospital data for responding to emergency patients, and ambulance transfer and treatments times.
Three serious category one emergency patients were admitted and all three received immediate care.
Hamilton has a 100 per cent immediate care record for each of the 22 category one emergency patients admitted since July 2012.
Ninety per cent of category two patients received care within 10 minutes while 92 per cent of category three patients were seen to in less than 30 minutes.
Category four and five patients require treatment within one and two hours respectively and the Hamilton Base Hospital met these requirements in 94 and 99 per cent of cases.
Western District Health Service chief executive Jim Fletcher congratulated all staff involved in the “great performance”.
“The … report shows that Hamilton base Hospital is performing very well with patient activity slightly up on the same period from the previous year with emergency treatment times generally 10-15 per cent above state-wide benchmarks and averages,” he said.
“This is a great credit to all our staff and their commitment to ensuring timely access to treatment and care.”
The median treatment time for all patients was 11 minutes, up from 10 minutes in the previous quarter.
Category one, two and three patients received treatment within 9 minutes while category four and five patients waited a median time of 13 minutes.
Full story in the Spectator on Saturday, January 11, 2014