Thursday 26 January 2017
Tauranga and Whakatāne hospitals return record
Tauranga and Whakatāne
hospitals have returned their best ever Shorter Stays in Emergency
Over 96% of patients across the two sites were seen within the
Ministry of Health's target waiting time during the
October-December 2016 quarter. The target is that 95% of patients
will be admitted, discharged, or transferred from an Emergency
Department (ED) within six hours. The measure indicates how
efficiently acute (urgent) patients flow through the hospital.
The result was achieved despite ever-increasing numbers
attending the two EDs said Bay of Plenty District Health Board
(BOPDHB) Chief Executive Helen Mason.
"It was a great start to 2017 to see that we achieved the
Quarter 2 (October, November, December) six-hour target, and 96% of
our patients were admitted, discharged, or transferred from
Tauranga and Whakatāne EDs within six hours," said Helen.
"This is our best ever result and is testament to great
co-operation and co-ordination across our two hospitals, to meet
the needs of our acute care patients.
"This result has been achieved during a time when acute care
pressure was high with record numbers of people presenting. There
were often more than 200 people presenting daily at our two EDs,"
"I would like to thank all staff involved in achieving this
great result for our patients."
Over the last 10 years, there has been a 40 per cent increase in
the number of patients presenting to both EDs. In December 2006,
4787 patients were seen, compared with 6683 in December 2016.
Record numbers came to Tauranga Hospital's ED in the week
leading up to Christmas last year, and this pattern continued into
the first days of 2017. On New Year's Day, 208 people presented and
the following day, Monday 2 January, the highest ever number of
people seen at Tauranga ED was recorded with 221 people coming
through its doors.
Hospital EDs assess and treat patients who have serious injuries
or illnesses. If you are unsure whether your condition is an
emergency phone your GP's number, any time of the day or night. If
your GP is not available your call will be automatically redirected
to a registered nurse who will give you the health advice you
Visitors to the Western Bay, or those who are not registered
with a GP, can call 0800 367 432584 (0800 forhealth). Visitors to
the Eastern Bay, or those who are not registered with a GP, should
call 07 306 2360.
Photo caption: BOPDHB Chief Executive Helen Mason says the
Tauranga and Whakatāne EDs result has been achieved despite record
Bay of Plenty District Health Board
January 31, 2017