More people attended NSW emergency departments during January to March this year than in any previous quarter on record, the latest Bureau of Health Information (BHI) Healthcare Quarterly report shows and it's a trend that is also being seen in Inverell and Armidale.
BHI, a board-governed statutory health corporation led by chief executive Dr Diane Watson, produces independent reports and information about the performance of the healthcare system in NSW who said emergency departments across the state experienced high demand during the quarter.
"Particularly from patients triaged as emergency or urgent," she said.
"While there was also a notable 10 per cent increase in arrivals at emergency departments by ambulance."
Armidale Regional Hospital Emergency Department saw a 6.9 per cent increase on this time last year, with 872 of the 4208 treated arriving by ambulance.
Inverell District Hospital had 2035 presentations, up by 54 or 2.7 per cent on last year, While 69 per cent of patients surveyed from both emergency departments said the care and treatment 'definitely' helped them.
There were 68 babies born in Armidale hospital and 63 per cent of women rated the care after their baby was born as 'very good', while that figure was 80 per cent at Inverell.
Of the adult patients admitted to Armidale hospital, 65 per cent rated their hospital care as very good. At Inverell that figure was 66 per cent, but 91 per cent said they were always treated with respect and dignity.
Armidale's waiting time's were also an interesting read. While the median waiting time to receive urgent elective surgery was 18 days, for semi-urgent elective surgery it jumped to 66 days and for non-urgent elective surgery you will wait for 275 days on average.