Health

Emergency Department a cut above the rest


The Gold Coast is now home to one of the most technologically advanced private emergency departments in the country.

Boasting the latest in medical equipment, the new Emergency Care Centre (ECC) has capacity to accommodate eight ambulances and is staffed with 19 emergency medicine specialists who work across both the public and private hospitals.

Established at Allamanda in 1990, the ECC expanded its team and services when it relocated to the new Gold Coast Private Hospital and now has 17 emergency beds with dedicated paediatric and resuscitation bays.

Emergency medicine specialist and ECC director Anthony Padowitz said the department had access to equipment and services that was 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.

"In addition, Gold Coast Private ECC has more emergency medicine specialists than any other private hospital on the Gold Coast.

"All the specialists in our team work across both the Gold Coast Private and Gold Coast University Hospitals, meaning we have 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.

"This exceptional access to specialists, services and equipment is unprecedented on the Gold Coast."

Dr Padowitz said the Gold Coast Private ECC 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," he said.

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

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Dr Padowitz said with the Gold Coast Private's new paediatric and obstetrics service, children could now be admitted directly to the paediatric ward from 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.

"We can also accommodate multiple heart attack patients concurrently, with the hospital's two cardiac cath labs and access to a quality in-house intensive care unit.

We have access to outstanding inpatient specialists in all fields including medical, surgical, obstetrics and orthopaedic trauma.

We are unable at this stage to see mental health patients and poly-trauma patients."

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."

Gold Coast Private ECC has a dedicated GP hotline.

Discharge documents are sent to GPs and specialists by the 'Medical Objects' software that allows for confidential, real-time electronic communication between medical specialists and GPs.

GP HOTLINE- (07) 55 300 801.