Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service hospitals were among the top performing hospitals in Queensland when it came to waiting times in the emergency department, operating theatre and for specialist appointments, quarterly figures released on Saturday by Queensland Health revealed.
Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service hospitals were among the top performing hospitals in Queensland when it came to waiting times in the emergency department, operating theatre and for specialist appointments, quarterly figures released on Saturday by Queensland Health revealed.

CQ getting emergency medical treatment quicker than ever

CENTRAL Queenslanders are receiving emergency medical attention at local hospitals quicker than ever.

Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service hospitals were among the top performing hospitals in Queensland when it came to waiting times in the emergency department, operating theatre and for specialist appointments, quarterly figures released on Saturday by Queensland Health revealed.

The service includes Rockhampton, Biloela, Capricorn Coast, Emerald and Gladstone hospitals; and oral health services.

Eighty per cent of people presenting to CQ hospitals from April to June 2013 spent less than four hours in the emergency department, 3% above the national target of 77 per cent.

Non-urgent elective surgery patients waited less than 12 months for their treatment, well above the state average of 84 per cent, the data showed.

"They work hard every day to provide the best possible health care to their community, and when their performance compares favourably to other hospitals in the state, they deserve to be applauded," a pleased Central Queensland Hospital and Health Board Chair Charles Ware said.

When it comes to specialist outpatient visits, 75% of non-urgent patients were waiting less than 12 months for their first appointment in CQHHS.

While significantly above the state average of 54%, it falls below the benchmark of 90%.

As part of statewide health reforms outlined in the government's "Blueprint for Better Healthcare", Queensland publishes a wide range of hospital performance data.

CQ's healthy services

 Four out of five emergency department patients waited less than four hours.

 Every patient wanting non-urgent elective surgery waited less than 12 months - state average was 84 per cent.

 Three out of four specialist outpatient visits waited less than 12 months - state average was 54 per cent.

 The average cost of $4560 for admitted patients in CQ was 1.3 per cent below the state average of $4614.

Queensland Health statistics for April-June 2013.