Behind the curtain of ED
The Townsville Bulletin is partnering with Townsville University Hospital to take you behind the scenes of one of Queensland’s busiest emergency departments.
‘ED: behind the curtain’ will tell the story of the city’s pulsing 24/7 emergency department. Come behind the curtain for a unique perspective on emergency medical care in the 21st century.
Behind the curtain with our experts
Meet the people who care for our community and share in their stories and challenges in looking after more than 85,000 people a year who come through their doors injured, sick, drug affected, scared, dying and all in need of help.
Townsville University Hospital ED: behind the curtain
After nine years as a consultant emergency physician and five as the director of the city’s only public emergency department, Dr Lawton said he wanted to debunk the myths of emergency medicine, including patient wait times, ambulance ramping, and the very definition of ‘an emergency’.
Violence in the Emergency Department
Clinical nurse consultant Paul Mateos has just finished a night shift at Townsville University Hospital’s emergency department when he’s asked to describe the violence and aggression he sees from patients on a daily basis.
A day in the life of an ED clinician
For Townsville University Hospital emergency department staff specialist Dr Michael Durkin, no two days in his job are the same with the diversity, complexity, and pace of an emergency department (ED) something most people couldn’t fathom.
Drugs and alcohol in the Emergency Department
Emergency physician Dr Graeme Maw has pretty much seen it all in more than 20 years working in hospitals in Australia, the UK, and New Zealand and the one constant in that time has been the ongoing conundrum of drugs and alcohol in emergency patient presentations.
Planning and partnership pivotal to after-hours care
A Townsville University Hospital emergency department (ED) doctor and local GP are shining a light on how emergency departments and GPs work symbiotically to care for the community after hours.