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Gladstone ED’s super team handles busy month

20 September 2019

Gladstone Hospital’s high-performing Emergency Department team loves a challenge and has worked hard to keep producing great results despite a busy August.

The hospital had 3303 ED presentations for the month, and despite the extra activity, 80% of patients were seen within clinically recommended times. All 11 category 1 (sickest or most seriously injured) patients were seen immediately.

Clinical Director Dr Dilip Kumar is especially proud of his team for the work done on August 26, when they saw 132 patients - the most recorded in at least the past four years, and possibly ever.

The previous daily average for Gladstone Hospital ED was 90 patients, but during August that number was stretched to 107.

Dr Kumar says there are a number of contributing factors for the rise in demand, including changing weather and flu season, changing community demographics and limited access to GPs.

“I am proud to report that, while it was extremely busy, the team worked really well and stepped up to the challenge and all patients received appropriate clinical care, including a few critically ill patients,” he said.

Dr Kumar has a full complement of six full-time Emergency Department specialists on staff, and by the end of November will have a full team of junior doctors. He is in discussions with a major Brisbane hospital to include Gladstone as a rotation for trainee Emergency specialists during their training program.

“This will improve future recruitment and retention because these trainees will learn the challenges but also the rewarding experience of working in a regional centre,” he said.

CQ Health Emergency Departments saw a total of 12,449 patients in August 2019.

(From left) Medical student Chloe Yep, Director Dr Dilip Kumar, Dr Alesandra Stepanko, Dr Tahera Dolon, Dr Kevan Mamtora, Dr Anil Kumar and Dr Ahmed Hag Babiker are just part of the Gladstone Hospital ED team doing a fantastic job in spite of a spike in demand.

Last updated: 24 September 2019

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