Ballarat Base Hospital has seen a rise in emergency admissions with almost 3000 patients admitted between April and June this year.
Victorian Health Services Performance Data showed the number of emergency patients admitted increased by 222 from the previous quarter to 2938.
The data indicated the number of ambulance attendances rose to 2231 in the three month period, an increase of 144 from the previous quarter and 169 a year earlier.
Ballarat Health Services chief executive officer Andrew Rowe said expansion, more available beds and recruitment of staff had increased the capacity of the hospital.
He said the increased and aging population served by the hospital and an “explosion” in the use of the drug ice had increased admissions and ambulance attendances.
Seventy-five per cent of people presenting at the emergency department of the hospital were treated “within time”, the data showed.
This is a drop from 79 per cent in the same quarter of 2012 and below the target of 80 per cent, although it has increased from 74 per cent in the first quarter of 2013 and is higher than the state average.
The median ambulance patient transfer time rose from 11 minutes to 14 minutes over the past year, but the median time from presentation at emergency to treatment dropped three minutes since the previous quarter.
A spokesman for Victorian Health Minister David Davis said the hospital’s emergency department had improved its service in a number of key areas.
Ballarat West MP Sharon Knight said the emergency department treatment times showed the hospital “needs more support from the government”.