ALMOST 10 per cent of patients attending Lithgow's emergency department (ED) are not being treated on time, with medicos blaming a flu pandemic.
There were 3284 presentations to the ED from April to June 2019 which was a 6.1 per cent jump on the 3094 during the same quarter last year.
Data released this week by the Bureau of Health Information (BHI) shows that while 9.8 per cent of people were not treated at Lithgow's ED within clinically recommended time frames, the percentage soars to 22.1 per cent at similar size hospitals.
The BHI's Healthcare Quarterly report shows that 19 people who arrived in the ED needed resuscitation, while the number of triage 2 'emergency' patients soared by 19.3 per cent, from 322 to 384.
During the three-month period hundreds of people attended the ED for triage 5 'non-urgent' cases such as small cuts or abrasions. There was an increase of 19.9 per cent, from 297 presentations to 356.
The number of ambulance arrivals at Lithgow's ED jumped by a significant 21. 6 per cent, from 592 to 720 during the three months.
Elective surgery data was also included in the report, with data showing that 98.1 per cent of the 164 elective procedures were performed on time and the waiting time for non-urgent procedures was shortened by 14 days compared to the same time last year.
There were 45 babies born at Lithgow Hospital from April to June - six more than the same time last year.
Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District (NBMLHD) chief executive Kay Hyman said staff were focused on improving services for patients while meeting the growing demand for care.
"An additional 777 patients arrived at our hospitals by ambulance in the April to June quarter, an increase of 9.6 per cent, but staff worked hard to continue shortening the transfer time from ambulances to emergency departments," she said.
Mrs Hyman said the report also showed more NBMLHD patients had their elective surgery performed on time.
"In this quarter 91.8 per cent of the 2663 elective surgery procedures performed in the district's public hospitals were done on time, an increase of two percentage points compared to the same period last year," she said.
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