Waiting times at Wollongong Hospital's emergency department have improved, new statistics show.
Bureau of Health Information figures for the June quarter show the median waiting time for seriously ill patients - known as Triage 2 - to be seen was just nine minutes, just outside the statewide average of eight minutes.
And patients awaiting urgent elective surgery are waiting a median time of nine days at Wollongong Hospital, compared with a state median of 11 days.
At Shellharbour Hospital, however, patients are waiting 21 days for urgent elective surgery, the worst rate in NSW - a position it shared with Bowral and District Hospital.
Wollongong Hospital's emergency department statistics were much better than in the same period last year, for all categories of patients.
The Triage 2 figure was an improvement from last year's 11 minutes, while the three other Triage categories showed significant improvement on last year.
Patients presenting at the emergency department at Wollongong Hospital could expect to be there for almost four hours.
Of the 14,177 patients arriving at emergency in Wollongong in the June quarter, the median length of stay was three hours, 53 minutes.
Wollongong managed to have only 53 per cent of patients leave the emergency department within four hours of arriving. The statewide target, linked to federal funding, is 71 per cent.
Wollongong's performance here placed it as the sixth-worst in the state, ahead of only Bankstown, Blacktown, Liverpool, Mount Druitt and Gosford. But it was a significant improvement on the 41 per cent figure from the same period last year.
At Shellharbour (6375 patients) the rate was 56 per cent and at Bulli (1489) it was 99 per cent.
Health Minister Jillian Skinner hailed the improvement in Wollongong's emergency department performance.
"I'm incredibly proud of the work being done at Wollongong Hospital and all staff are to be congratulated on their commitment to ensuring timely, quality care for patients," she said.
"Wollongong Hospital has driven huge improvements in their emergency department with a patient's time to treatment improving vastly in all triage categories during the quarter.
"Enhancements have also been made in elective surgery with almost 100 per cent being performed on time, in clinically recommended time-frames. There has been more than a 10 per cent increase in both semi-urgent and non-urgent treatment times for surgery," Mrs Skinner said.