IF you show up at Orange Health Service with a life-threatening illness or injury, chances are you will be treated within five minutes.
The latest data from the Bureau of Health Information shows Orange Health Service staff treat all categories of illness and injury quicker than the state average.
The quarterly report, from April to June, 2013, showed the service improved by 15 minutes for the same period last year for non-urgent cases.
Orange Health Service general manager Catherine Nowlan said the emergency department had experienced an increase in patients requiring a high level of care that is triage one and triage two.
Despite the increase, Orange is still above the state average for patients leaving the emergency department (ED) within four hours.
“The state average being 65 per cent indicates Orange, at 66 per cent, is above the state average for patients leaving the ED within four hours,” Ms Nowlan said.
“Orange Health Service has experienced a considerable increase in triage category two presentations, which are very unwell patients requiring urgent care.
“This is in line with Orange being the trauma centre for the district, and reflects the Western NSW Local Health District’s principle of ‘right care at the right place at the right time’.”
NSW health minister Jillian Skinner said Orange had also steadily improved its National Emergency Access Target (NEAT) benchmark year after year.
“In terms of elective procedures, Orange hospital is working hard to meet its clinical timeframe with 100 per cent of patients in the urgent and non-urgent categories being operated on time and 98 per cent on time in the semi-urgent category,” she said.
“Big enhancements have been made in semi-urgent and non-urgent procedure wait times and I congratulate Orange hospital staff on their efforts.”
The state average for treating triage two patients is eight minutes, but the average for less life-threatening conditions, such as triage three is 21 minutes, triage four is 28 minutes and triage five is 25 minutes.
Orange Health Service comes in above all of those categories by one minute for triage three and four and three minutes for triage five.