New Year's Day in 2015 was Gladstone Hospital's busiest day of the holiday period. They're hoping to avoid a repeat today.
New Year's Day in 2015 was Gladstone Hospital's busiest day of the holiday period. They're hoping to avoid a repeat today. Brenda Strong

New Year's Day set to be busy for Gladstone Hospital

AN OVERLOAD of booze and heat has contributed to a hectic holiday period at Gladstone Hospital as its dedicated emergency staff deal with the fallout of festivities.

January 1 was the busiest holiday during the last Christmas break when 92 people went to the emergency department compared to 77 on an average day.

There were 66 patients in the ED on Christmas Day, 2014, 80 on Boxing Day and 61 on New Year's Eve.

Rockhampton Medical Services executive director Dr David Cooper said Central Queensland hospitals were well equipped and staffed to handle the holidays.

"It is traditionally a busy period in hospitals, especially for alcohol intoxication problems, falls and injuries," Dr Cooper said. "It is essential to drink plenty of water, even if you don't feel thirsty, and keep an eye on elderly family members and neighbours."

His advice to people during the break is to enjoy drink alcohol responsibly and take care of each other.

"I would like to offer a big thanks to all our hard-working emergency-department staff who work tirelessly to provide uninterrupted and top-class health care to their communities," Dr Cooper said.

 

HOLIDAYS AT HOSPITAL

Number of people who presented to the Gladstone Hospital ED on:

New Year's Eve 2014:

61 (13 admitted)

New Year's Day 2015:

92 (13 admitted)



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