Ipswich Hospital director of orthopaedics Mark Shillington. Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times
Ipswich Hospital director of orthopaedics Mark Shillington. Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times Rob Williams

Surgeons in West Moreton region beat national wait times

IF you are after urgent surgery, you are living in the right city.

Ipswich Hospital is one of a few hospitals in the state to have met and exceeded national targets for elective surgery wait times every month since November 2014.

West Moreton Hospital and Health Service's performance data to November, shows patients requiring urgent surgery such as cancer biopsies and mending fractures are being treated in a median time of two days.

The national target for urgent surgery is 30 days.

Patients requiring semi-urgent surgery are waiting a median time of 50 days. The national target is 90 days. The wait time for non-urgent surgery is 186 days when the national target is 365 days.

West Moreton Hospital and Health Service Director of Surgical Services Catherine Love said the results were even more outstanding when you considered Ipswich Hospital had 847 patients on the long wait list for elective surgery.

"Now we have zero long wait patients," Ms Love said.

"This improvement in our service delivery to the most critical of patients is an amazing result for the community."

The impressive turnaround has a lot to do with Ipswich Hospital's seventh operating theatre, which opened in February.

The seventh operating theatre was part of a three-year $128.7 million dollar expansion project.

Ms Love said the seventh theatre had prevented interruption and cancellation of elective surgeries and reduced the amount of emergency surgeries performed after hours.

She said this year's result was testament to the dedication of surgical staff and improved systems and innovative ideas which have enhanced surgical capacity.

"We've also implemented a clinical redesign project known as 'Passport to Surgery- Putting Patients First', which has enhanced the surgical journey for patients at Ipswich Hospital," she said.

"Our patients can rest assured that they are receiving care from one of Queensland's top performing hospitals."