NEW DEPARTMENT: Almost 43000 cases treated in first year .

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ALMOST 43,000 cases were treated at Hervey Bay Hospital’s new emergency department in its first year.

The new department opened its doors on January 31, 2019, and the team provided care for 42,855 cases over the 12 month period.

“On the first anniversary of the facility’s opening, I’d like to congratulate all our Hervey Bay Hospital emergency department staff for continuing to provide great-quality care to our patients in the face of rising demand,” WBHHS Acting Chief Executive Debbie Carroll said.

“It’s one thing to have a new environment, new technology and more treatment spaces, but none of that means anything without the dedication, hard work and expertise that our emergency department team shows every single day.

“This ED has always been a facility for the future. We know demand will continue to grow, so it’s fantastic to have a modern facility that will enable us to keep building our capacity as we need to.

“As a health service, we constantly have to look ahead to enable us to plan for future health needs, and our emergency team should be proud of the contribution they’re making to the Fraser Coast community, now and in the years ahead.

“Our infrastructure team should also be proud as they reflect back on their roles in the planning, construction, commissioning and transitioning into the building, their expertise and knowledge helped make the new facility possible.”

Fraser Coast Clinical Director of Emergency Medicine Dr Emeka Nwufoh said the new emergency department had been badly needed and was making a significant difference both to patients and staff.

“Our new emergency department is a vast improvement on the former ED, which was a challenging and cramped environment to work in,” Dr Nwufoh said.

“Transitioning to the new ED has not only given us more space and a more modern working environment, but it’s also enabled us to put in place models of care that help us to be more responsive to the needs of our community.

“The fast-track area enables us to move our less complex patients through a better process of care and discharge, and the design of our acute areas – including having almost immediate access to x-ray – has made a big difference to our sickest patients.”