Christmas Day in Warwick Hospital is usually a busy time of year.
Christmas Day in Warwick Hospital is usually a busy time of year. File

‘Tis the season to go to hospital

ANIMAL bites, cuts, sprains and head injuries were among the most common reasons why people went to Warwick Hospital on Christmas Day 2013.

You might think Christmas Day at a hospital is quiet, but that is not the case at Warwick Hospital.

While most people were unwrapping presents and eating feasts last Christmas Day, 42 people needed care at the emergency department.

Of these, four were admitted to hospital and one patient was taken to another hospital for further treatment.

The number of patients through the emergency department at Christmas was less than the daily average. In the past year, the hospital saw about 74 patients per day on average.

While most hospitals experience an increase in patients during the 2013-2014 New Year's period, Warwick Hospital experienced a decrease compared to its daily average.

On New Year's Eve, Warwick Hospital's emergency department saw 54 people, four who were admitted into hospital.

On New Year's Day, 53 people went through the hospital's emergency department.

A Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service spokeswoman said staff at the Warwick emergency unit saw a variety of injuries.

Chest pains and tonsillitis was also common during the holiday period.

"However, we do tend to see more lacerations and fractures in younger children over the school holidays and Christmas time," the spokeswoman said.

"With particularly high temperatures in Warwick and the Southern Downs in recent days, we would like to remind residents about the importance of staying hydrated and out of the sun over the Christmas period."

She said hot weather could lead to dehydration, sunburn and other more serious heat-related illnesses such as heat stroke.

Statistics for this Christmas are not yet available.

HOSPITAL HOLIDAYS

Warwick Hospital Emergency Department:

  •  42 patients on Christmas Day last year. Four people admitted, one patient taken to another hospital
  •  54 people last New Year's Eve. Four were admitted, two patients transferred
  •  53 people on New Year's Day. Seven were admitted, one patient transferred
  •  Average number of patients per day: 74
  •  Busiest day was in October with 105 patients in the emergency department
  •  Most common diagnoses during holiday period: Animal bites, lacerations, sprains, head injuries, chest pains and tonsillitis.


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