Hospital staff praised for gold medal performance during the Games

GOLD Coast hospital staff have been thanked for their tireless work during the Commonwealth Games.

Hundreds of athletes and spectators were treated at the city’s public hospitals between March 17 and April 15 for conditions ranging from fractures, to malaria and dehydration.

Figures show over 440 people presented to either the Gold Coast Uni or Robina hospital with issues directly related to the Games. More than 170 of those were admitted as inpatients.


Minister for Health Steven Miles today thanked staff at both hospitals with a celebratory barbecue.

“This has been a gold medal performance by all the team at Gold Coast Health,” Minister Miles said.

“…all the data shows they managed the demands of the Commonwealth Games, which came on the back of the Easter holiday period, extremely well.

“The Gold Coast University Hospital is already the busiest emergency department in Australia and presentations over the Games period and school holidays were up about 7% on the same period in 2017.

“In addition, a range of potential issues were well managed by Public Health resulting in no disruptions or outbreaks during Games period.”

The health service spent two years planning for the Games with partner agencies including the Queensland Ambulance Service and the Queensland Police Service.

“The health service has achieved its goal of keeping patients flowing through the system by seeing more patients in time in the Emergency Department, and ensuring that the community continued to receive quality care, during this once-in-a-lifetime event,” Minister Miles said.

“Gold Coast Health even posted zero longs waits for patients awaiting surgery in March and will do the same in April, which is a great achievement considering elective surgery was scaled back during the Games period.”