Central Coast emergency

departments worst in state

Central Coast emergency departments have been ranked as worst in NSW after new data revealed that the majority of patients are waiting more than four hours for treatment.

17 June 2022


DATA released by the Bureau of Health Information (BHI) in their Quarterly Report shows that the Central Coast Local Health District was the worst in the State with 51.5% of emergency department patients waiting over four hours for treatment at Central Coast Hospitals.


The Report also revealed that wait times for ambulances and elective surgery have blown out significantly.


The new data only confirms that the Central Coast healthcare system has been pushed to the brink under Dominic Perrottet and the Liberals’ 12 years in power.


Emergency Department


The number of emergency department patients who waited over four hours for treatment in the month of March 2022:


  • 54.1% at Gosford Hospital (up by nearly 10% since March 21)


  • 48.6% at Wyong Hospital (up by nearly 27% since March 21)


  • 46.8% at Belmont Hospital (up by more than 30% since March 21)


Ambulance Wait Times


Between January and March 2022, the number of priority 1 patients where an ambulance did not arrive within 15 minutes:


  • Lake Macquarie - East SA3 area (Swansea electorate) - more than 60% (up by 7%)


  • Gosford SA3 area (Gosford, Terrigal and parts of The Entrance electorates) - nearly 60% (up by 6.6%)


  • Wyong SA3 area (Wyong, parts of Swansea and The Entrance electorates) - more than 42% (up by 12.4%)

Elective Surgery


Between January and March 2022, wait times for non-urgent elective surgeries have increased by:


  • 21% at Gosford Hospital


  • 11.6% across the Central Coast Local Health District


  • 8.3% at Wyong Hospital


Member for Wyong, David Harris said “these figures are causing concern as local residents are being forced to wait for important surgeries and primary care through our emergency departments.”


“My office is being contacted regularly by patients who are experiencing long wait times and health workers who are being pushed to the limit to try and meet extra demand.”


Member for Swansea, Yasmin Catley said “This latest data shows the impacts of 12 years of neglect from the Liberal Government.”


“I have heard firsthand from health workers the pressure they are under and the data backs that up.


“It is simply not acceptable to have people being left waiting hours for an ambulance.


“Our community needs a Government that values our health system.”


Member for The Entrance, David Mehan said “CCLHD needs to respond to these figures and let the community know what it’s doing to improve them”


Member for Gosford, Liesl Tesch said “this information won’t shock any nurse or paramedic who works at Gosford Hospital or in our community because they experience this daily."


“This data demonstrates that health and hospitals under Dominic Perrottet and the NSW Liberal Government has been decimated after 12 years of inaction."

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