Almost a third of patients presenting to Shellharbour Hospital’s Emergency Department are waiting more than four hours for treatment. 

A report by the independent Bureau of Health Information (BHI) for the quarter spanning April to June 2016 shows that 32.2 per cent of patients are waiting longer than four hours of treatment.

The New South Wales average is 26.1 per cent of patients waited longer than four hours in emergency departments.

The BHI figures show hospitals across the Illawarra and throughout NSW are under enormous pressure with more patients presenting for treatment, long waiting periods in Emergency Departments and long waiting lists for elective surgery.


Comments attributable to Anna Watson MP:

“Today’s release of independent Bureau of Health figures shows that Shellharbour Hospital is under enormous pressure and waiting times just keep getting longer and longer.

“Having almost one third of patients presenting to Shellharbour Hospital and being forced to wait more than four hours is simply not good enough.

“The State Liberal Government must stand up to the Federal Government and make clear that their cuts to NSW hospitals is starting to bite.

“We need to see the NSW Government investing in its long promised but as yet undelivered upgrade of Shellharbour Hospital, not dealing with the cuts from Canberra directly affecting almost one third of patients waiting longer than four hours for emergency treatment.”

7 September 2016