Survey paints a healthy picture

Hospitals across southern NSW, including Cooma, have been given a clean bill of health by patients.

Results of the Bureau of Health Information's (BHI) Adult Admitted Patient Survey, released last week, showed 94 per cent of individuals surveyed rated their hospital experience as either very good or good.

The survey, which was conducted throughout January to June last year, asked patients multiple questions across a number of different categories, including safety and hygiene, trust and confidence and assistance and responsiveness. Each question attracted up to 1362 responses across the Southern NSW Local Health District, with stand-alone results for Cooma Hospital to be released at a later date.

When asked if they had worries or fears about their condition or treatment while in hospital, 81 per cent ticked no.

Eighty-six per cent of patients said they had confidence and trust in the doctors who were treating them, with that number rising to 87 per cent in relation to nurses.

More than three quarters of patients who responded to the question 'Do you think the hospital staff did everything they could to help manage your pain?', answered 'yes, definitely'.

Seventy-two per cent of patients agreed the care they received in hospital was 'very well organised'.

The survey results come just weeks after BHI's quarterly report rating the performance of individual hospitals, which found Cooma Hospital was above average for National Emergency Access Targets.

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