Townsville ED Still Bombarded With Patients That Should See A GP

The message isn't getting across

Townsville ED Still Bombarded With Patients That Should See A GP

Locals just don't seem to be getting the message about avoiding hospital emergency departments unless it's an actual emergency. 

It has been reported that over 10,000 patients from January-June 2018 in the Townsville Hosptial ED should've gone to a GP instead. 

The most common non-urgent ED visit over those six months was to treat Urinary tract infections. 

In that time 10 people visited with muscle cramps, 13 went in for ear wax blockages, 3 wanted treatment for sunburn, and 2 wanted their ingrown nail looked at. 

On a monthly analysis, just over one quarter of the occupants in the ED could've been treated at their GP rather than filling the hospital emergency department. 

And on a daily basis 55 patients a day are entering the Townsville Hospital ED with ailments that should be taken care of by a GP.

Get more details on keep emergency departments for emergencies, here

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