New ED has a patient focus – Gold Coast Private Hospital

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Improved health outcomes for patients are the focus of the Gold Coast Private Hospital emergency department, which has invested in developing one of the most technologically advanced private EDs in the country.

Emergency medicine specialist and the Emergency Care Centre (ECC) director Anthony Padowitz said the department had access to equipment and services he believes is unrivalled on the Gold Coast.

“Everything is brand new; we have the absolute latest technology, giving us access to the most advanced radiology services, cardiac cath labs, paediatrics, obstetrics and intensive care units,” he said.

He said it was one of the most modern private emergency departments in Australia.

“Our new monitors enable us to have a central monitoring system, giving us the ability to see every patients’ heart rate, oxygen saturation and temperature at one centralised station.

“The new facility and equipment means everything is highly efficient which is crucial in an emergency department for the best patient outcomes.”

The 19 emergency medicine specialists in the team work across both the Gold Coast Private and Gold Coast University Hospitals, providing extensive experience in treating all levels and trauma and types of emergencies.

“The co-location of the public and private facilities also makes it easy for inter-hospital transfers, resource sharing and continuity of care,” he said.

Aside from the technology, the ECC also means children can be admitted directly to the hospital into the new paediatric and obstetrics service through the emergency department.

“Children who present to the ECC can now, if needed, be referred onwards to a paediatric specialist in the hospital, which means less time in transport to other hospitals,” he said.

Dr Padowitz said patients of the Gold Coast Private ECC experienced minimal wait for assessment and out-of-pocket expenses, with a significant amount reimbursed by Medicare.

“Our patients think it’s a small price to pay for an efficient, quality service by highly-trained specialists.”

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