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ED staff ready for busy Christmas period

23 December 2019

Rockhampton Hospital Emergency Department is gearing up for a busy Christmas, with staff spending time with their “work family” to provide non-stop care to those who need it.

Director of Emergency Dr Syed Khadri says the Christmas holidays are usually busy due to hot weather, holiday mishaps and GP closures, so the ED rosters extra staff on to cope with the extra patients.

“Our team works very hard all year to see patients quickly and safely as required, and I’m very proud of that consistent effort they put in for their community.

“On Christmas and New Year, while it can get very busy, the mood is good and our staff usually share a few treats with each other,” Dr Khadri said. “They’re used to working over the holidays, it’s just part of the job, but they do enjoy the time they can get with their families when they can.

“Our team would like to extend festive wishes to the community. Please enjoy all the good things of the season but stay safe and keep your children’s Christmas gifts age-appropriate.

“Watch out for elderly and very young loved ones during the hot weather, stay hydrated and take extra care on the roads. We’ll be here to take care of you if needed, but we’d rather not see you in hospital this year.”

In November, Rockhampton Hospital saw 3966 people through the ED, with an average wait time across all categories of 13 minutes. There were 33 category 1 patients (sickest or most seriously injured) and all were treated on time.

CQ Health EDs saw 10,516 patients in November, with an average wait time across all categories of just 10 minutes.

In November there were 512 elective surgery patients treated at CQ Health hospitals, with 99.2% of patients getting their procedure within the clinically recommended timeframe. There was just one patient waiting longer than recommended for their surgery.

BELOW: Rockhampton Hospital ED team is gearing up for a busy Christmas period. (From left) Campbell Murfin, Lucy Williams, James Gibbs, Dr Tristan Griffiths, Dr Sarah Attwa, Dr Syed Khadri, Dr Louisa Abraham, Dr Samantha Campbell, Jodie Ahern, Emma McConochie, Trisna Redwan and Dr Shayne Prasad.

Last updated: 6 January 2020

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