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An anaesthetist prepares a patient for a ENT operation, Ipswich Hospital.
An anaesthetist prepares a patient for a ENT operation, Ipswich Hospital. Supplied

A PEAK state health body says new figures show the Ipswich Hospital is performing better than most Queensland public hospitals, but still has room to improve.

The Australian Medical Association of Queensland (AMAQ) Your Hospital’s Health website was updated yesterday and revealed improvements to outpatient numbers and surgery waiting lists. While the performance of most hospitals was rated as “quite alarming” by AMAQ president Dr Mason Stevenson, Ipswich Hospital posted some positive signs.

The waiting list of elective surgery was down five per cent to 2912, while those on the long waiting list had decreased 24 per cent from 381 to 203.

Patients waiting for specialist outpatient appointments at the Ipswich Hospital also dropped 14 per cent down to 5686.

While the median waiting time from arrival at the Emergency Department to admission increased by 20 minutes quarter on quarter, Dr Stevenson said it was still better than the state average.

“While it has increased to just over five hours, that’s a lot better than the state average of over six hours,” Dr Stevenson said.

“The Emergency Department is still stretched though, with off-stretcher times not good, but that’s a problem across the state.

“Overall there is insufficient funding and planning for the future of the Ipswich region.”

Queensland Health district chief executive officer Pam Lane told The Queensland Times that the increase in elective surgery procedures being performed was due to extra weekend work and increased funding for Surgery Connect.

The You Hospital’s Health website can be visited at www.yourhospitalshealth.com.au.


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