The emergency department (ED) at Robina Hospital and the Gold Coast University Hospital help care for more than 14,500 people each month. That’s almost 500 patients a day!
While life-threatening injuries and illnesses are tended to quickly, many people with less severe conditions complain of long wait times at the hospital.
Some injuries or illnesses could have been more appropriately and efficiently treated by another health professional including a GP or pharmacist.
In Queensland public hospitals, there are approximately 360,000 presentations every six months that could have been treated elsewhere. Examples include an estimated:
If it is an emergency and you require urgent assistance go to the hospital or call 000 for an ambulance.