New figures show the number of people attending Gold Coast hospital emergency departments is continuing to grow – with the Gold Coast University Hospital emergency among the busiest in Australia.
According to Gold Coast Health, 15,117 people presented to emergency at both the Gold Coast University Hospital and Robina Hospital in July.
It’s an increase of 5 per cent on July 2018 and significantly exceeds the city’s population growth.
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Medical Director of Emergency Medicine Associate Professor David Green said around 500 people are being treated in Emergency each day, with a median wait time of 21 minutes.
“There were some instances of longer ED waits for Category 3 cases, however it should be noted that we also saw an extra 343 Category 1 and Category 2 presentations in comparison to July 2018. These cases are the most urgent and take more time to treat than categories 3, 4 and 5,” Dr Green said.
“Demand for our services continues to grow, so we must find innovative ways to meet our targets and the needs of the Gold Coast community.”
Abdominal pains, chest pain and viral infections were the top three reasons for emergency departments visits during July 2019.
Doctors are reminding people that they can phone 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84), to speak with a registered nurse before deciding to come into the emergency department.
Nurses are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will be able to provide advice about the symptoms someone is experiencing, and whether they should seek treatment at a pharmacy, GP, or go to their nearest hospital ED.