The Prince Charles Hospital

Colour Legend:
% Change
Bed Occupancy
Rate (%)
[ i ]
Elective Surgery [ ii ] Patients waiting
for an outpatient
appointment [ iii ]
Median waiting time
from arrival at ED to
admission
(hh:mm) [ iv ]
Patients off stretcher within 30 minutes (%)
[ v ]
(+red) = % increase
(-blue) = % decrease
Number
waiting
Number
‘long waits’
December Quarter
2009
76.7% 782 36 N/A
(See endnotes)
04:29 94%
March Quarter 2010 80% 745 (-5%) 40 (+11%) 3882 (+43%) 04:58 92%
June Quarter 2010 79.4% 887 (+19%) 26 (-35%) (%) 05:02 90%
September Quarter
2010
85.5% 927 (+5%) 59 (+127%) (%) 05:30 83%
December Quarter
2010
88.0% 1053 (+14%) 43 (-27%) (%) 05:52 80%
Glossary

[i] Calculated using the latest accrued patient data for the quarter, and the latest available estimates of acute hospital beds. Bed occupancy rates are an estimate based on available information provided to the public by Queensland Health.

[ii] Elective surgery – patients waiting, all categories, Queensland. Quarterly Public Hospitals Performance Report December 2009 and Quarterly Public Hospitals Performance Report March Quarter 2010. Data as at 1 April 2010. NB Gold Coast Hospital includes data for Robina Hospital.

[iii] Patients waiting for an outpatient service, Queensland. Quarterly Public Hospitals Performance Report March Quarter 2010. Data compares numbers as at 1 March 2009 to current data as at 1 March 2010.

[iv] Emergency department access block performance, Queensland. Quarterly Public Hospitals Performance Report December 2009 and Quarterly Public Hospitals Performance Report March Quarter 2010. Data as at March quarter 2010.

[v] Off stretcher times, Queensland. Quarterly Public Hospitals Performance Report December 2009 and Quarterly Public Hospitals Performance Report March Quarter 2010. Data as at March Quarter 2010.

Bed occupancy rate

Bed occupancy rates are a measure of hospital resource use. The bed occupancy rate compares the number of patients treated over a twelve-month period to the total number of beds available for that same period. It is calculated as a percentage of accrued patient days to the total number of acute hospital beds multiplied by the number of days those beds are available for that period.

Elective surgery

Elective surgery is surgery that, in the opinion of the treating clinician, is necessary but can be delayed for at least 24 hours. Patients requiring elective surgery are placed on a register, or waiting list, so their surgery can be planned. The scheduling of patients on a waiting list is determined according to the patient’s clinical need and the likelihood of their condition deteriorating or becoming an emergency. These patients are assigned one of three nationally standard clinical urgency categories:

Category 1

Admission within 30 days desirable for a condition that has the potential to deteriorate quickly to the point that it may become an emergency.

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Category 2

Admission within 90 days desirable for a condition causing some pain, dysfunction or disability but which is not likely to deteriorate quickly or become an emergency.

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Category 3

Admission at some time in the future acceptable for a condition causing minimal or no pain dysfunction or disability, which is unlikely to deteriorate quickly and which does not have the potential to become an emergency.

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(Quarterly Public Hospital Performance Report March Quarter 2010, pp 10)


Patients waiting for an outpatient appointment

"...people waiting for a new case specialist outpatient appointment at Queensland public hospitals."

(Quarterly Public Hospitals Performance Report March 2010, pp 20).

Outpatient waiting

"...people waiting for a new case specialist outpatient appointment at Queensland public hospitals."

(Quarterly Public Hospitals Performance Report March 2010, pp 20)

Off stretcher times

"… the time to transfer the care of a patient from the QAS [Queensland Ambulance Service] stretcher to the hospital emergency department. The performance of hospitals is measured as the percentage of patients off stretcher within 30 minutes of the ambulance’s arrival."

(Quarterly Public Hospitals Performance Report March 2010, pp 7).

 

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