November 8, 2023
Darling Downs Health hospitals had 48,461 patients present to emergency departments in the September quarter, up 8.9 per cent compared with the same time last year.
A total of 6890 of these were at Toowoomba Hospital.
The rest of the presentations were spread across the region, including at South Burnett hospitals.
A Darling Downs Health spokesperson said all Category 1 patients (the most serious) were seen within the clinically recommended time and the average wait time across all five categories was 22 minutes.
The Patient Off Stretcher Time at Toowoomba Hospital had also improved, with 72 per cent of patients transferred off a QAS stretcher within 30 minutes.
Darling Downs Health hospitals also treated 1712 elective surgery patients in the September quarter, up 21.6 per cent.
Most of these procedures – 1462 – were done at Toowoomba Hospital.
The spokesperson said 76 per cent of elective surgery patients were treated within the clinically recommended time.