Shoalhaven hospital ward reopens

MEDICAL Ward B at Shoalhaven District Hospital has been reopened.

The ward was closed to much public criticism in November for what the Local Health District said was the usual quieter summer period.

The ward, which is generally used for elective surgery patient recovery, has traditionally closed at that time of the year when there is less call for its use.

The 12-bed medical ward reopening coincides with what is a traditionally busier period for hospitals across the state.

South Coast MP Shelley Hancock said it was at this time of year, leading into winter and flu season, when areas like Medical Ward B are required to meet patient demand.

“In November the Local Health District advised the ward would reopen for the busier winter period and I’m pleased to see they have delivered on this commitment,” she said.

“Patient demand for hospital services are fluid and change at different times of the year – I know Shoalhaven District Hospital is meeting this demand and I thank them for their hard work.

“Doctors, nurses and health professionals at Shoalhaven Hospital should be congratulated for their continued efforts in treating elective surgery patients.”

She said the most recent Bureau of Health Information (BHI) quarterly report (October-December 2013) shows hospital elective surgery performance at Shoalhaven has improved to record levels

“The hospital has dramatically improved its elective surgery on-time performance meaning almost all local patients are getting their surgeries within the time recommended by their surgeon,” she said.

“Urgent and non-urgent target categories are currently running at 100 per cent on time with semi-urgent recommendations at 99 per cent.”

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