Gold Coast emergency departments have seen more critically ill patients this year than ever before.
November was a particularly busy time for emergency staff, with the Gold Coast University Hospital averaging over 340 patients a day, while Robina Hospital saw 175 patients a day.
November was also the first time the Gold Coast University Hospital saw more than 10,000 presentations in a month, believed to be a record for an Australian emergency department.
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More broadly, between January and November 2018, emergency departments at Robina Hospital and GCUH saw a staggering 158,254 people, which was up nearly 3 per cent on last year.
Associate Professor David Green, medical director of emergency at Gold Coast Health, said the demand is unprecedented.
“The acuity was high and there was a large number of patients requiring resuscitation in November,” Dr Green said.
“Staff had to cope with difficult shifts and unprecedented numbers of patients in November and these sorts of numbers are continuing into the festive season.”
Drug and alcohol presentations were also up more than 11 per cent this year, however a better flu season saw flu-related presentations fall by 25 per cent in 2018.