Take care in flood clean-up

7 April 2017

Photo: (Seated from left) Ali Reeves, Kerrie-Anne Frakes, Wendy Hoey and Kieran Kinsella from CQ Hospital and Health Service, Andrew Willis from PHN, Ngari Bean from CQHHS, (standing) Paul Florian from CQHHS, Darren Pirie from Queensland Ambulance Service, CQHHS Chief Executive Steve Williamson, Hillcrest Hospital Chief Executive Officer Tracey Squires, Sherri Grieves from Capricornia After Hours Service and Samantha Olsson from Mandalay Medical Centre. Mater Hospital representatives dialled in via teleconference.

Rockhampton health-care providers are working together to ensure they’re resourced to treat any injuries that arise in the pending floodwater clean-up.

Chief Executive Steve Williamson said Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service was working with private hospitals Hillcrest and the Mater, Queensland Ambulance Service, Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast Primary Health Care network (PHN) and local GP practices to ensure a safe level of service during what could become a busy week ahead.

“First and foremost we’re asking residents to please be extra vigilant during the post-flood clean-up,” he said.

“If you do have to venture into floodwater or mud, make sure you wear sturdy work boots and gloves. Take care not to overheat in the middle of the day and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.”

Mr Williamson said extra staff had been rostered on at Rockhampton Hospital Emergency Department to cope with any medical emergencies.

“We’re encouraging people to recognise the hospital ED should be kept for emergencies and there are other places to go for medical advice for non-urgent cases.”

Qualified nurses are available 24/7 at phone 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) to provide advice.

The PHN after-hours website, rightplacerighttime.com.au, will host an up-to-date list of practices with extended operating hours across the weekend. The site also contains an easy to use online symptom checker for those unsure if they should seek emergency care.

Capricornia After Hours Service operates from the Mater and Hillcrest hospitals in Rockhampton between 6pm and 7am Monday to Friday and 24 hours a day on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.

House Call Doctor runs an after-hours and weekend service in Rockhampton. Consultation times and booking details are available at: https://housecalldoctor.com.au/house-call-doctor-rockhampton.