FIFOs and grey nomads put strain on hospital
FIFO AND seasonal workers, and grey nomads, are stretching Gladstone's emergency department.
The estimated non-resident population of Gladstone quadrupled from 1210 in June 2011 to 4890 in June 2013, according to State Government statistics.
Gladstone Hospital's director of medical services Nicki Murdock said despite most big industries having in-house services, many of the minor cases dealt with at the hospital were non-locals.
"It does put pressure on the hospital because when you look at patients you categorise them one to five, and the fours and fives are the patients who could perhaps go to see the GP," she said.
"Sixty per cent of our ED patients are categorised as 4s and 5s."
Dr Murdoch encouraged non-locals to see a GP, especially if they needed recurring treatments.
Don't go to a hospital, go and see a general practitioner for:
- Muscular skeletal problems
- Sprains and strains
- Sore throat/coughing