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After a turbulent two years in the public health sector, Griffith Base Hospital remained strong despite pandemic-related pressure on the health care system. The latest Health Bureau information report gathered information from October to December 2021 that tracks the activities and operations of emergency departments, planned surgeries, and admitted patients and emergency services across the state. Collecting data for the period after the peak of the Delta COVID-19 variant and the emergence of the Omicron variant, the report shows that the local health district of Marrambidge (MLHD) has generally coped with the added pressure on the system. “These have been some difficult years for our staff, but they have demonstrated great strength and resilience,” said MLHD CEO Jill Ladford. “We used this time as an opportunity to develop innovative ways to provide the best health care to our communities.” RELATED || Nurses gather for a better relationship. The number of visits to the emergency department at Griffith Base Hospital increased in the quarter from October to December 2021 by 9.2 percent to 5,721, which is 481 more visitors than in the same quarter of 2020. More than eight out of 10 patients (81 percent) started treatment on time, which is better than the average for hospitals of similar size (74.7 percent). Most patients (75.9 percent) were also able to leave ED within four hours of presentation, ahead of comparable hospitals in NSW (69 percent). Almost all patients (96.5 percent) were transferred from paramedics to ED clinicians within a 30-minute follow-up time. From October to December 2021, 344 planned surgeries were performed at Griffith Base Hospital, all of which were performed on time. “Our surgical teams worked incredibly hard to ensure that the number of patients on our waiting lists remained as small as possible to minimize the impact of any future pauses on non-urgent planned surgeries while we deal with new COVID-19 options and outbreaks.” Ms. Ladford READ MORE Despite the positive results, the hospital still faces severe staff shortages, with nurses on strike in February for better pay, better ratios and better working conditions. Griffith said the conditions are not just returning nurses, but affecting patient safety. ”The current state of the hospital is the worst I have ever seen, the same with morale. “Our cries were deaf to the ears of this government,” Mrs. Wilson told The Area News at the time. Journalists make every effort to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can access our trusted content:

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