THE latest Bureau of Health Information quarterly report gives Tamworth Hospital the thumbs up.
The hospital is performing above the state average in the National Emergency Access Target (NEAT), getting 68 per cent of patients in and out of the Emergency Department within four hours.
The state average is 65 per cent and the target for hospitals to meet by December is 71 per cent.
This time last year Tamworth Hospital was averaging 59 per cent, so it has recorded an improvement of nine percentage points.
A spokeswoman from Hunter New England Health said the hospital had had a slight increase in emergency attendances, which made it more of an achievement because there were more people coming through.
Tamworth Hospital acting general manager Ricki Bradbery said the Emergency Department had worked well with models of care, including the Fast Track model where they take the non-urgent cases and manage the patient flow better.
“We’ve also been doing a lot of work about access across the organisation, which is all about providing beds when people need to be admitted,” she said.
“Everyone is working really hard to meet the targets and we’re focusing on how they can manage patient flow safely in the Emergency Department, and we will keep revisiting that.”
Elective surgery patients are also getting their surgeries done faster than this time last year.
Ms Bradbery said the health service was recruiting surgeons so they had enough to meet the needs of the area, which was increasing the number of surgeries performed on time.
“We’ve just employed another orthopaedic surgeon which will have an impact,” she said.
The hospital has also worked on a high-volume, short-stay surgical unit with groups of surgical patients that require 24-, 48- and 36- hour stays and working on efficiencies in these areas.
On weekends, they also have two shifts to deal with emergency surgeries, which wasn’t happening last year.
Ms Bradbery said they expected even better figures next quarter.