REVEALED: How long patients are waiting in the ER
Patients across Mackay and the Whitsundays are waiting an average of 45 days for elective surgeries and ten minutes to see a doctor at the emergency room.
Information on 2020 wait times and treatment in the face of COVID were unveiled when the Mackay Hospital and Health Service tabled the 2019-20 annual report in parliament.
According to the report, the average wait time for initial treatment in the emergency department across the MHHS network was 10 minutes.
Just over 99 per cent of patients with category 1 conditions were treated within two minutes of arrival to the emergency department.
More than 75 per cent of patients were treated within four hours of arrival, which matched the MHHS target.
Patients across the region waited an average of 45 days for elective surgeries.
Of all the category 1 elective surgeries, which are those needing to be treated in 30 days, 90.1 per cent were performed in time.
Almost 87 per cent of surgeries that needed to take place within 90 days and almost 90 per cent of those scheduled to be treated within a year were on time.
In the mental health sector, the rate of community follow up between one and seven days after discharge sat at 64 per cent.
The proportion of readmissions to an acute mental health inpatient unit within 28 days of discharge was slightly above the MHHS target and sat at 13.9 per cent.
Mackay Hospital and Health Board Acting Chair Darryl Camilleri said it had been a busy year for the service even after accounting for the challenges of COVID.
This included landing $31.5 million funding for the new Sarina Hospital, and Proserpine Hospital becoming the first rural facility in Queensland to implement a Stroke Pathway.
Mr Camilleri looked forward to the New Year with plenty of projects in the works, including the new Medical Imaging Department at Bowen Hospital, expansion of kidney care services in the health service, revitalisation of hospital in the home and the expansion of services at Mackay Base Hospital.