WARRNAMBOOL Base Hospital has bucked a statewide trend with new figures showing shorter waiting times in the emergency department.
South West Healthcare (SWH) has beaten most of the statewide benchmarks.
The most urgent category one emergencies hold a 100 per cent rate of being seen immediately.
About 72 per cent of category three emergencies were seen within 30 minutes while 69 per cent of semi-urgent category four cases were seen within an hour.
Non-urgent matters were seen within two hours 90 per cent of the time, beating the 87 per cent state average.
SWH CEO John Krygger praised emergency department staff for the results in which 479 more patients were treated than the same time the year before.
The good news for Warrnambool came in the same bundle of statistics used by the state government to attack the federal government.
The figures from the last three months of 2012 paint a picture of elective surgery blowouts caused by federal government health cuts, according to state Health Minister David Davis.
The cuts have since been reversed by federal Health Minister Tanya Plibersek but still saw the hospitals part with millions of dollars over several months.
Planned closures to operation theatres and beds at SWH have been reversed.
But Mr Davis said the issue was far from resolved.
“It will take our hospitals some time to gear up again, and those cuts will show up in future quarterly reports. And Canberra has still not backtracked on a further $368 million cut over the next three years,” Mr Davis said.
A study released this week by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare claimed Victorian emergency department times had slipped to only 65 per cent of patients being seen on time — below the 70 per cent target.