Emergency surgery bolstered by new Gold Coast University Hospital ward

A new surgical inpatient ward has opened at Gold Coast University Hospital, to help meet increasing demand for emergency surgery.

The doors to the ward were officially swung open by Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services Steven Miles at a special launch on Friday.

Minister Miles says the new ward will allow for trauma and acute general surgery patients to be cared for by specialist staff in the one place.


“Prior to the opening of the new ward, orthopaedic and surgical patients were sometimes cared for in other wards across Gold Coast University Hospital,” he said.

“Not only has this increased capacity, but also means more targeted care for patients.”

The ward, situated on level 6, currently has six beds but that’s expected to increase to 28 beds by next year.

Gold Coast Health surgical clinical director Dr Martin Wullschleger said the surgical ward was part of a project to improve the surgical journey for the most sick and injured patients.

“The neighbouring orthopaedic ward on Level 6 of C Block will co-locate orthopaedic-trauma patients,” Dr Wullschleger said.

“Co-location improves the patient experience with shorter hospital stays and efficient access to specialist medical, nursing and allied health staff.

“The Acute Surgical Unit has evolved its model of care to include a new senior surgeon, daily acute surgical operating lists and eight new beds in the theatre area where patients are prepared for surgery.”

In the year 2018-19, the Gold Coast University Hospital performed 8514 emergency surgeries, an increase of 809 on the previous financial year.