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Gosford Hospital in crisis

Central Coast patients are being forced to wait longer for hospital care, with presentations at Gosford Hospital at an all-time high according to the Bureau of Health Information (BHI) Healthcare Quarterly results for the period of October- December 2021.

25 March 2022

 

THE latest BHI data for Gosford Hospital shows ambulance and emergency department wait times have increased substantially when compared to the same quarter in the previous year:

 

  • Only 43.8% of Priority 1 calls to ambulances is responded to within 15 minutes, a further decrease of 10.2%.

 

  • Only 53.9% of treatment is started on time, decreasing by 7.3%.

 

  • A 17% increase to 3,253 patients on the waiting list for elective surgery.

 

  • Only 49.4% of patients leave the Emergency Department within 4 hours, decreasing by 6.1%.

 

  • A 6.9% decrease of patients transferred by paramedics to Emergency Department staff within 30 minutes.

 

  • 19,224 people attended Gosford Hospital compared to 17,663 in the previous quarter.

 

Member for Gosford, Liesl Tesch, is deeply concerned by these results following the Perrottet Government’s decision to close Ettalong Ambulance Station.

 

“This is dangerous for everyone in our healthcare system – not only for the patients but also for the staff who are pushed to extreme levels as they try to serve the needs of our community. It is unconscionable to close down a vital piece of our healthcare infrastructure when the system is clearly buckling under pressure and in desperate need for more funding,” Ms. Tesch said.

 

“Premier Perrottet cannot even blame COVID for these results, it has been brewing for years because of the Liberal Government’s lack of investment in our essential services. The pandemic has simply escalated the situation with hospital presentations reaching record levels, making our already struggling healthcare system even worse.”

 

While the news of 300 additional nurses and recent graduate doctors at our local health services is welcomed by Ms. Tesch she says more needs to be done.

 

“After two absolutely gruelling years dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, our doctors and nurses deserve appropriate patient-to-healthcare professional ratios, and so does our community,” she said.

 

“While an increase in nurses and doctors is desperately needed here I know that this doesn’t mean a better ratio and while additional staff are hired, simultaneously the Government is taking away our Ettalong Ambulance Station, where the staff are not guaranteed a position at the new location.

 

“It is blatantly clear more needs to be done to fix our struggling health services and staff on the Central Coast. I demand that the Perrottet Government commit to resolving this crisis, and closing down key parts of our local healthcare system is not the way to do it.”

 

To find out more on the Bureau of Health Information’s Healthcare Quarterly results, visit www.bhi.nsw.gov.au/data-portal.

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