South East Regional Hospital treated and discharged most patients in emergency in under four hours last quarter according to the latest statistics from the Bureau of Health Information.
Of all the presentations to the emergency department, 77.6 per cent left the department within four hours and 77.1 per cent of patients started treatment on time.
According to the data, 4942 people presented to South East Regional Hospital between April and June this year and 4718 of these people presented to emergency.
Of these presentations nine per cent were deemed as an emergency, 32 per cent were urgent, 41 per cent were semi-urgent and 18 per cent were non-urgent.
Seventy-three per cent of these patients were treated in the emergency room and discharged.
According to the data the urgent patients started treatment about 17 minutes after presenting at the emergency room, semi-urgent patients had to wait 31 minutes and non-urgent patients had to wait for 35 minutes on average. Patients who had been deemed an emergency were starting treatment about seven minutes after presentation.
The BHI data did reveal some non-urgent patients could be waiting up to two hours and 10 minutes to start treatment.
Those patients who were treated and discharged waited on average for two hours and two minutes, it was longer for those who were admitted to the hospital, who waited on average for four hours and eight minutes. Those who needed transferring to another hospital could be waiting up to seven hours and 29 minutes.
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