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BENDIGO LEADING THE WAY IN RECORD LOW AMBULANCE AND SURGERY WAIT TIMES

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

BENDIGO LEADING THE WAY IN RECORD LOWAMBULANCE AND SURGERY WAIT TIMES

31st Jul 2018

Ambulancesare responding faster to life-threatening emergencies in the City of GreaterBendigo, while elective surgery waiting lists are at record lows.

Thelatest performance data released today shows the Andrews Labor Government’smajor health funding boosts and reforms to Victoria’s ambulance system aredelivering big benefits to Bendigo patients when they need it most.

ForBendigo Health, the data shows the hospital:

  • Reduced the number of patients on the elective surgery waiting list – from 1272 at the end of the March quarter to 1076 at the end of June.
  • Provided elective surgery to 100 per cent of Category One urgent patients within the benchmark 30 days – and more than half within 13 days.
  • Slashed 11 days off its median time to treatment for elective surgery patients (achieving 26 days) and 7 minutes off its median time to treatment for emergency department patients (achieving 14 minutes) when compared with the same quarter last year.

Laborfunded, started and finished the new Bendigo Hospital, so locals can get thebest care close to home.

Acrossthe state, 83.8 per cent of all Code One urgent ambulances are arriving at emergencieswithin 15 minutes, at an average 11:12 minutes of being called out – that’s 38seconds faster than the same quarter one year prior and 2:41 minutes under theLiberals.

Inthe City of Greater Bendigo, we are seeing more improvement, with 83.1 per centof ambulances now arriving within 15 minutes for Code One emergencies, up from80.4 per cent a year earlier.

Theaverage time for an ambulance to reach the scene of a Code One emergency inGreater Bendigo over the same period has improved from 12:08 minutes to 11:20minutes.

Thestatewide data also shows 86.7 per cent of patients arriving by ambulance weretransferred into hospital care within 40 minutes – up from 85.1 per cent theprevious quarter. More than half were handed into the care of doctors andnurses within 19 minutes.

Victoria’selective surgery waiting lists at June 30 had dropped to 36,096 patients –that’s the lowest number on record, and a major improvement from the 50,054waiting for surgery when the Liberals were in power.

Underthe Liberals, only 79.2 per cent of patients received their surgery in therecommended time, but that number has increased to 90.2 per cent.

Theresults are thanks to the Labor Government’s record investments, which haveseen hospitals receive multi-million-dollar boosts, more paramedics join thefront line, more ambulances hit the road and more ambulance stations wherethey’re needed.

Theystand in stark contrast to the former Liberal Government – who went to war withour paramedics and slashed $1 billion from our health system, leaving patientswaiting too long for life-saving care and languishing on waiting lists.

Quote attributable to Minister for Health and Ambulance ServicesJill Hennessy

“Electivesurgery waiting lists broke the 50,000 barrier under the Liberals and ourambulance system was in crisis. Now our hospitals and our ambulance service areperforming better than ever before.”

Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan

“Thisis great news for Bendigo patients. Ambulances are arriving faster atemergencies and hospitals are better equipped to give patients the high-qualitycare that they deserve.”

Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards

“This is Labor getting it done for Bendigo. It means world-classcare is on its way sooner when patients need it most.”

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