Gold Coast Hospital worker stood down over threats

UPDATE: A GOLD COAST University Hospital staff member accused of calling the facility and threatening to kill fellow colleagues has been banned from the hospital after facing a Gold Coast court.

Matthew Hunter, 40, is a supervisor from the medical procedures department at the facility and is accused of calling the hospital 10 times threatening to kill two female staff and inflict self-harm on Sunday night.

It is alleged Hunter advised that he knew how to access the database at the Hospital and was going to use that to get in touch with specific nurses and figure out where they lived.


Police arrested the 40-year-old on Monday morning and charged him with three Commonwealth offences of using a carriage service to make threats to cause serious harm, to kill and to menace.

He appeared in the Southport Magistrates Court on Tuesday morning where he claimed to have no recollection of the incident. His lawyer suggested his client was an alcoholic.

The court heard the Gold Coast hospital was placed into “lockdown” for around five hours as police moved in to try to trace where the phone calls were coming from. Employees were also prevented from leaving.

Hunter was today granted bail on strict conditions including that he will not go within 100 metres of the University Hospital and he also is not able to have any contact with the nurses he allegedly threatened to kill.

Police said Hunter was believed to have been drunk at the time he made the 10 threatening and abusive phone calls.

He has been stood down from his position indefinitely and is scheduled to reappear in Southport Magistrates Court on 25 February.