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Latest Victorian Health Performance Data Released for Latrobe Hospital

Health system performance data has been released for the first three months of the year.
Health system performance data has been released for the first three months of the year.

Despite the significant interruptions caused by the pandemic, hospitals and ambulances continued to manage activity well, even as they quickly began preparations to increase capacity ahead of the predicted pandemic peak.

By Portal Admin - 6th May 2020 - Back to News

Victoria's health system performance data has been released for the first three months of the year - a period marked by fluctuations in activity caused by the coronavirus pandemic and wide-spread bushfires.

Despite the significant interruptions caused by the pandemic, hospitals and ambulances continued to manage activity well, even as they quickly began preparations to increase capacity ahead of the predicted pandemic peak.

Latrobe Regional Hospital saw 10,495 patients in the busy emergency department, up by 205 on the March quarter last year.

Doctors and nurses in the Latrobe emergency department continued to treat 100 per cent of the most serious Category 1 patients immediately upon arrival in the hospital.

All of Latrobe's Category 1 urgent elective surgery patients continued to receive their operations within the target 30 days, with half of them having their procedure within 14 days.

Ambulance Victoria reached 78.3 per cent of Code 1 cases in the City of Latrobe within the benchmark 15 minutes, with an average response time of 11 minutes and 50 seconds - well under the 15-minute target.

This is despite attending 1532 Code 1 emergencies in the three months to March - up from 1464 a year earlier.

Across the state, the total number of emergency department presentations for the quarter was 469,488 - 3,400 more than the same quarter last year.

Ambulance Victoria reached 81.8 per cent of cases state-wide within the benchmark 15 minutes, with an average response time of 11 minutes and 39 seconds - well under the 15 minute target. This is despite attending 77,380 Code 1 emergencies in the three months to March, 4,695 more than for the same period a year earlier.

All Category 1 urgent elective surgery patients continued to receive their operations within the target 30 days, with half of them having their procedure within 10 days.

The overall number of people waiting for surgery is expected to rise in the coming months due to the pause on non-urgent procedures, in line with a decision by the National Cabinet. The elective surgery blitz will resume again as soon as it is safe to do so, to help reduce any backlog caused by the pandemic.

Coronavirus will continue to disrupt our health services over the coming months - with the full impact on Victoria's health system expected to become clearer when data for the next quarter is collected and analysed.

The Victorian Government's $1.9 billion health injection has allowed the state's hospitals to prepare and respond to the coronavirus pandemic - building more bed capacity, securing ICU equipment, staff and space to meet the expected surge in cases, bringing forward new paramedics and boosting access to and distribution of PPE.

Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing

"There is no doubt it's been a challenging start to the year for our hospitals and ambulance service - with high demand continuing and coronavirus preparations placing additional pressures on the entire health system."

"It's been a busy few months for Latrobe Regional Hospital as they managed continued high activity while preparing for the coronavirus pandemic - all staff involved deserve our appreciation and thanks for all their hard work."


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