Department of the Legislative Assembly

Hospital Performance Benchmarks

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WRITTEN QUESTIONS
10th Assembly


19/07/2005

145. Hospital Performance Benchmarks

Ms Carney to MINISTER for Health

QUESTION
Hospital Performance Benchmarks


1. Please provide the details of how Territory hospitals meet or do not meet the accepted benchmarks for treatment within the specific performance levels for each category.

ANSWER


Answered on 07/02/2006

2

The 2004/05 Northern Territory hospital performance benchmarks for Elective Surgery Waiting List, Emergency Department and Admitted Patient Average Length of Stay are as given below.


Elective Surgery Waiting List - % Admitted within Urgency Category Time Limits

For the 2004/05 period the percentage of patients admitted from the Elective Surgery Waiting List within their Urgency Category Time Limit are given in the table below.

Urgency Category
Category Time Limit (days)
% Admitted Within Category Time Limit
Category 1 (Urgent)
30
83%
Category 2 (Semi-urgent)
90
68%
Category 3 (Non-urgent)
365*
83%

* This limit has been imposed by the DHCS. The national limit is not an absolute figure and is defined as ‘admission at some time in the future’.


Emergency Department - % Treated Within Triage Category Waiting Time Limits

For the 2004/05 period the percentage of Emergency Department patients treated within the limit for their allocated Triage Category are given in the table below.

ATS CATEGORY
TREATMENT ACUITY
(Maximum waiting time)
% TREATED WITHIN LIMIT – NT HOSPITALS
PERFORMANCE INDICATOR THRESHOLD
ATS 1
Immediate
100%
100%
ATS 2
10 minutes
61%
80%
ATS 3
30 minutes
61%
75%
ATS 4
60 minutes
55%
70%
ATS 5
120 minutes
87%
70%


Admitted Patient Average Length of Stay

There has been a 2% reduction in Average Length of Stay and a 10.1% increase in Same Day Separations over the 2004/05 Financial Year.

These figures are consistent with national trends. Nationally there has been a 2.9% reduction in Average Length of Stay and a 4% increase in Same Day Separations over the 2002/03 and 2003/04 period.
Last updated: 04 Aug 2016