Patient care on the rise at base

BUNDABERG Hospital is proof of growing demands for services in the region with a huge increase in activity.

In the December quarter, the hospital provided 18,017 services to patients, up by more than 40 per cent on the previous year’s December quarter.

There was a 10.5% decrease in the number of patients admitted from the elective surgery waiting list.

Northern Cluster Manager for Sunshine Coast Wide Bay Health Service District, Beth Norton, said the decrease in elective surgery admissions was due to a number of factors.

“As part of the $41.35 million expansion of Bundaberg Hospital, one theatre was temporarily closed for a short period late last year,” she said.

“Operating services were also reduced at Christmas due to staff taking annual leave.”

“Waiting lists also depend on the number of emergency or trauma cases we get through the theatres and the complexity of the operations.

“Emergency surgery, especially for those who are seriously ill, always takes precedence over elective surgery.”

The full report for the December quarter is available on Queensland Health’s website.



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