Ambulances are responding faster to life-threatening emergencies in the Rural City of Wangaratta, while elective surgery waiting lists are at record lows.

The latest performance data released today shows the Andrews Labor Government’s major health funding boosts and reforms to Victoria’s ambulance system are delivering big benefits to Wangaratta patients when they need it most.

For Northeast Health Wangaratta, the data shows the hospital:

  • Reduced the number of patients on the elective surgery waiting list – from 707 at the end of the March quarter to 605 at the end of June.
  • Admitted 730 patients from the elective surgery waiting list for the June quarter – an extra 130 admissions on 3 months earlier.
  • Provided elective surgery to 100 per cent of Category 1 urgent patients within the benchmark 30 days – half within 13 days.

Across the state, 83.8 per cent of all Code One urgent ambulances are arriving at emergencies within 15 minutes. On average, ambulances arrived 11 minutes and 12 seconds after being called out – that’s 38 seconds faster than the same quarter one year prior and 2 minutes and 41 seconds faster than during the height of the ambulance crisis under the Liberals and Nationals.

In the Rural City of Wangaratta, we are seeing more improvement, with 78 per cent of ambulances now arriving within 15 minutes for Code One emergencies, up from 75.6 per cent a year earlier.

The average time for an ambulance to reach the scene of a Code One emergency in Wangaratta over the same period has improved from 12:41 minutes to 12:20 minutes.

The statewide data also shows 86.7 per cent of patients arriving by ambulance were transferred into hospital care within 40 minutes – up from 85.1 per cent the previous quarter. More than half were handed into the care of doctors and nurses within 19 minutes.

Victoria’s elective surgery waiting lists at June 30 had dropped to 36,096 patients – that’s the lowest number on record, and a major improvement from the record high 50,054 waiting for surgery when the Liberals and Nationals were in power.

“This is great news for Wangaratta patients,” Ms Symes said.

“Ambulances are arriving faster at emergencies and hospitals are better equipped to give patients the high-quality care that they deserve.

“Elective surgery waiting lists broke the 50,000 barrier under the Liberals and Nationals and our ambulance system was in crisis.

“Now our hospitals and our ambulance service are performing better than ever before.”

Under the Liberals and Nationals, only 79.2 per cent of patients received their surgery in the recommended time, but that number has increased to 90.2 per cent.

The results are thanks to the Labor Government’s record investments, which have seen hospitals receive multi-million-dollar boosts, more paramedics join the front line, more ambulances hit the road and more ambulance stations where they’re needed.

They stand in stark contrast to the former Liberal National Government – who went to war with our paramedics and slashed $1 billion from our health system, leaving patients waiting too long for life-saving care and languishing on waiting lists.