When I arrived I was told there had been two serious car accidents within the hour. One of the crash victims was a boy, aged about 12. I vividly remember seeing him lying unconscious in the resuscitation bay, his mother keeping a bedside vigil. In the bed next to him an elderly man was hooked up to ventilation due to undisclosed health issues... Last week the new figures on emergency department wait times showed the Hunter’s busiest hospitals again failed to meet state benchmarks. The goal in NSW is for 81 percent of patients to leave the emergency department within four hours. But in the last three months to December, the John Hunter Hospital achieved 64 percent, while Maitland cleared 66 and Calvary Mater reached 72. It is important to note, however, that even though they are falling short, there have been significant improvements in the region’s hospitals over the past few years."
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