“January to March saw the suspension and subsequent resumption of some non-urgent elective surgery and the relaxing of public health restrictions,” BHI Chief Executive Dr Diane Watson said.
Some 326,544 ambulance responses were made during the period, up 6.1 per cent from before the pandemic.
Non-urgent elective surgery was suspended during this period to help ease demand on the system.
In March 2022, 100,980 people were waiting for elective surgery, close to the peak of 101,024 in mid-2020, with some 18,627 longer than recommended.
The government has also committed to recruiting 10,148 full-time equivalent staff to hospitals over the coming four years as part of the upcoming NSW budget.