Board says Ipswich Hospital winning the war on waiting lists

IPSWICH Hospital has reduced waiting lists to an almost perfect strike-rate, meeting almost all quotas according to annual report figures.

The West Moreton Hospital and Health Service 2013-14 Annual Report shows waiting lists for elective surgery reduced significantly in 2013-14, with 98% of patients requiring surgery within 90 days treated, a 17.5% increase on last year, and 99% of patients requiring surgery within 365 days treated, a 13% increase on last year.

As with last year, 100% of Category 1 patients, requiring surgery within 30 days, received the care they needed on time.

West Moreton's emergency departments treated more than 72,000 patients throughout the year and continued to build on National Emergency Access Targets performance, which measures the length of stay for patients in the Emergency Department.

West Moreton Hospital and Health Board chairwoman Mary Corbett said significant gains had been made in reducing waiting times, revitalising key services and focusing on the needs of patients.

"West Moreton's ongoing commitment to streamlining processes and implementing service improvements continues to support improved performance across the hospital and health service," Dr Corbett said.

Ipswich Hospital completed a $128.7 million expansion in April, which gave the hospital an additional 84 beds and associated facilities and services.

Dr Corbett said the expansion would help the health service to meet the needs of a growing community, which is forecast to increase by 82% - to an anticipated 450,000 residents by 2026.



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