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More than 1 million ED presentations

Queensland public hospitals have seen almost 1.2 million emergency department presentations so far this year.

Deputy Director General of Clinical Excellence Queensland Dr John Wakefield said last month alone more than 18,300 extra people presented to Queensland Emergency Departments compared to the same period last year.

“Presentations have been increasing every month this year, but Queenslanders should be assured that our staff work around the clock to provide care should they, their family or friends need it," Dr Wakefield said. 

“Our emergency nurses, doctors and paramedics work hard each and every day to save the lives of thousands of Queenslanders.

“Last month alone more than 5600 people sought medical treatment at a public hospital around the state every single day.

“It takes a special kind of person to dedicate their lives to saving others – and for that I want to thank each and every one of them.”

Dr Wakefield said almost all critically urgent category one presentations were seen within two minutes of arriving at hospital.

“Not only were category one presentations up by nine per cent, category two and three were also up by eleven and ten per cent respectively," Dr Wakefield said. 

“Despite these huge increases in demand, the majority of all presentations (73 per cent) were seen within clinically recommend times.

“Of all ED presentations, 32 per cent needed admission to hospital – this is approximately 53,000 people each month.

“Further to this, the majority (87 per cent) of those presenting as the non-urgent categories four and five were treated within four hours.”

Dr Wakefield said in July the most common principle diagnosis of all presentations was a viral infection, followed by an acute upper respiratory infection then abdominal pain.


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Last updated: 22 August 2019