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Hospital kept busy

A SPIKE in suspected swine flu cases kept Rockhampton Hospital doctors on their toes in a busier-than-normal September quarter.

Queensland Health has released its September quarterly report which shows improvements in reducing the number of people on Rockhampton’s elective surgery list.

The hospital was also slightly above the state average for emergency waiting times with 68% of those who needed a bed admitted within eight hours, compared to the state figure of 64%.

Rockhampton Hospital acting executive director Chris Mummery said swine flu had been a major contributing factor to the busy period.

“During this quarter the emergency department had quite a busy period as a regular stream of people presented with flu-like symptoms,” she said.

The hospital was able to take 712 patients off its elective survey waiting list because these people had their operations.

This was up 10.6% on the number admitted from the waiting list during the September quarter in 2008 and 9.2% on the 652 patients admitted from the list in the June quarter this year.

Ms Mummery said staff had worked hard to reduce the waiting lists for elective surgery.

“Waiting lists depend on several factors, including the number of emergency or trauma cases,” she said.

Rockhampton Hospital’s surgeons weren’t the only ones busy in the September quarter, with 11,322 emergency department attendances recorded, up 16% from the 9757 who presented in the same period the previous year.

A surgical patient satisfaction survey conducted by the Office of Economic and Statistical Research in 2008/2009 shows 96% of those surveyed were either very satisfied or fairly satisfied with the care they received while at Rockhampton Hospital.



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