The best and worst hospitals in NSW ranked
It is the worst hospital in the state, according to The Daily Telegraph's data-rich scorecard of how your local hospital performs.
Blacktown Hospital is one of a number in Sydney's west and southwest that dominate the list of the state's 10 worst.
Patients in Wollongong, Gosford and the Shoalhaven area are also being let down by the state of their hospitals.
Blacktown had the most entries in the 25 categories of poor-performing hospitals with 13 dishonourable mentions.
In second place on the poor-performing list were four hospitals - Bankstown-Lidcombe, Wollongong, Campbelltown and Liverpool - all scoring 11 mentions each.
And coming in equal third were Nepean and Westmead.
Five newborns have died at Blacktown Hospital in the past 18 months. Nurses, midwives and doctors took industrial action late last year over concerns about patient safety and personal wellbeing.
Blacktown, a 570-bed teaching hospital 34km from the city, scored the worst in wide-range patient surveys - in categories ranging from cleanliness in wards, the chance to speak to doctors and nurses, receiving contradictory advice, pain relief during labour, time spent waiting in the ED before being admitted and whether the hospital actually resolved the medical issue the patient was suffering.
"Hospitals like Blacktown are not meeting the health needs of the community now, let alone trying to keep up with the tens of thousands of people who will call the area home in the coming years," Opposition health spokesman Ryan Park said.
'This government has a shocking record when it comes to actually providing hospitals that service the needs of some of the fastest-growing areas in the country."
Blacktown had the least clean emergency department toilets, while patients ranked Bankstown-Lidcombe the worst public hospital in the state for the ability to talk to a doctor during their stay.
Originally published as The best and worst hospitals in NSW ranked