The waiting list for elective surgery at the Launceston General Hospital has increased 3.9 per cent for the year ending June 30, according to a health department report.
The number of people on the LGH elective surgery waiting list increased from 3337 to 3469 to June 30, the Health Department's quarterly Progress Chart shows. The respective Royal Hobart Hospital figure fell 16.7 per cent.
The median waiting time for elective surgery at the LGH increased 10 days to 48 days.
The percentage of category 1 - or urgent - elective surgery patients seen within the recommended time at the LGH fell to 80.9 per cent - down from 86.5 per cent the previous year and down from 92 per cent in 2010.
In category 2 - semi-urgent - 46.1 per cent of patients were seen within the recommended time, while 64.3 per cent of category 3 (non urgent) patients were seen within the recommended time.
The number of people admitted to the LGH from the elective surgery waiting list fell 5.8 per cent - down from 5165 in 2012 to 4865 for the 12 months ending June 30.
Overall, the number of people presenting to the LGH's emergency department has jumped 4.2 per cent in the year ending June 30.
The report shows that 44,533 people presented to the LGH's emergency department over the 12-month period, compared with 42,731 the previous 12 months.
Despite the increase, more patients were seen within the recommended timeframes across the five categories - from category 1 patients, listed as requiring resuscitation, through to category 5 patients, which are listed as non-urgent.
The LGH achieved a perfect rating of 100 per cent for category 1 patients, 72.8 per cent of category 2 patients (listed as emergency) were seen within the recommended 10 minutes of presenting to hospital, 59.3 per cent of category 3 patients (regarded as urgent) were seen within 30 minutes, 64.3 per cent of category 4 patients (regarded as semi-urgent) were seen within one hour, while 90.8 per cent of category five patients (listed as non-urgent) were seen within two hours.
The benchmarks for each category are 100 per cent of category 1, 80 per cent of category 2, 75 per cent of category 3, 70 per cent of category 4 and 70 per cent of category 5.
The LGH met the benchmark in two of the five categories, although there was an increase, year-on-year compared with 2012 in three of those five categories.
The report shows that 65.7 per cent of patients presenting to the LGH's emergency department left within four hours in the June 2013 quarter, up from 64.3 per cent in the March 2013 quarter.