COVID-19 patients fill regional Queensland hospital beds after surgery warning

Nearly half of Queensland’s current COVID-19 admissions are in regional parts of the state, new Queensland Health data have revealed.

It comes as the Australian Medical Association warns that doctors in the regions are “burnt out” and fighting a winter wave of pandemics and a strong flu season.

There were 907 patients in the hospital with COVID-19 from kl. 19 yesterday, according to Queensland Health.

The figures showed that 427 of them were in regional hospitals and health services, including Gold and Sunshine Coasts, while 391 were in Brisbane-based hospitals and health services.

The rest were in private hospitals throughout the state.

The Gold Coast had the largest number of regional hospital admissions at 97, followed by the Sunshine Coast at 61.

Outside the southeast corner, the highest number of admissions was in the Wide Bay region, where 59 people were hospitalized, and Cairns, where 51 people were hospitalized.

More patients were also in intensive care units in the Queensland region at seven o’clock, compared with six in Brisbane.

Healthcare

Admissions

Intensive care

Total deaths since 2020

Private

87

0

Cairns

51

1

76

Central Queensland

23

1

31

Central West

2

0

0

Children’s health

14

0

0

Darling Downs

48

2

74

Gold Coast

97

1

222

Mackay

25

0

34

Mater

44

1

0

Metro Nord

154

4

239

Metro Syd

139

0

391

north West

6

1

3

Southwest

9

0

3

Sunshine Coast

61

0

130

Torres and Chap

4

0

3

Townsville

42

0

42

West Moreton

40

1

76

Broad Bay

59

1

65

Overall regionally

427

7

683

Total Brisbane

391

6

706

Operations can be rescheduled

Most health services confirmed that they had dedicated rooms or wards for COVID-19 patients, but some services, such as elective surgeries, could be redesigned due to the impact of the wave.

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