TREATING PATIENTS: Director of nursing Liz Livingstone with doctor Sam Stevens have been busy in the emergency department.
TREATING PATIENTS: Director of nursing Liz Livingstone with doctor Sam Stevens have been busy in the emergency department. Claudia Williams

44 people a day: Kingaroy Emergency busier in 2018

MORE than a thousand additional people attended the Emergency Department at Kingaroy Hospital in 2018 than the previous year.

Kingaroy Hospital director of nursing Liz Livingstone said the hospital treated 16,300 people in the emergency department last year, up from 15,057 in 2017.

"That's an average of 44 people a day needing our care," she said.

Ms Livingstone said more than nine out of 10 patients were treated, admitted or discharged within four hours, well above the state-wide benchmark of 80 per cent as per the Queensland Emergency Access Target.

Last year proved to be a busy across the health service in the South Burnett especially for the allied health team in October.

"The team had 734 outpatient appointments across our South Burnett facilities, well up on the average of 609 a month," Ms Livingstone said.

In 2018 the hospital expanded its renal service and now provide six haemodialysis chairs for local patients who need this important service.

Ms Livingstone said the hospital had the opportunity to provide care for patients while providing medical students with the chance to learn from senior staff.

"Our hospital continued to be a training hub and we welcomed graduate nurses, midwives and medical interns as well as nursing and midwifery, medical and allied health students," she said.

"This will continue in 2019 as we will have new graduates and students join our ranks to get a taste of the diverse experiences in a busy rural hospital.

"Many of these graduates and students rotate through some of our other South Burnett hospitals to gain more skills."