Lucas Roberts takes it easy at Rockhampton Hospital’s Emergency Department yesterday.
Lucas Roberts takes it easy at Rockhampton Hospital’s Emergency Department yesterday. CHRIS ISON CI

Holidays keep hospital staff busy

LUCAS Roberts didn’t plan on spending his second consecutive Christmas break in Rockhampton Hospital.

He was one of a number of people attending the emergency department during the festive season – 461 people were at the hospital over one long weekend.

On Christmas Day alone there were 113 people at the ED, 18 more than at the same time in 2008.

Figures yesterday showed that the 461 people who went to the Rockhampton Hospital from Christmas Day to December 28 was down on the corresponding period last year.

Lucas had x-rays yesterday after a “wrestling mishap” with his brother, Ben.

They were wrestling when Ben landed on Lucas’s leg and the 10-year-old “heard a crack”.

His mum, Rosemary, said they were visiting from Newcastle during the Christmas break and had to cancel a trip to the Rockpool Water Park yesterday because of the emergency.

She said the same thing happened in 2008: the family was again planning on going to the pool when Lucas threw a rock that hit his brother in the head.

The cracked skull ended with another visit to the hospital.

Rosemary said they might have a chance to make it to the water park before they leave tomorrow.

Director of Emergency Medicine Dr Peter Thompson said the Christmas period was consistently busy, as was the norm for public holiday periods.

“People have presented with a range of problems, from those high-acuity patients who require extensive medical treatment, right down to the less severe cases who do not require admission to hospital,” Dr Thompson said.

He urged holiday-makers to stay safe for the remainder of the holidays and to avoid taking unnecessary risks.

“I would like to wish everyone a happy New Year, but urge them to celebrate in a safe and responsible way to avoid unnecessary trips to the hospital,” Dr Thompson said.



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