Hospitals the "most popular" place to be on NYE
BESIDES the fireworks and parties by the beach, Sunshine Coast hospitals were apparently the next most popular spots to see in the new year.
Emergency departments at Nambour General and Caloundra hospitals were kept busy by people who did not start the new year happily.
As the sun rose on January 1, 2015, so did the number of people presenting for treatment at Nambour General.
Paramedics spoke of being "ramped from here to eternity" while they queued to unload their charges.
A senior hospital spokesman described it as "a typical New Year's Eve".
The spokesman said many people sought treatment for injuries from accidents and anti-social behaviour as a result of alcohol and drug use.
"It's unfortunate so many people are impacted by over-partying, drugs and alcohol and end up in presentations to our emergency department."
A Queensland Ambulance Service temporary station in a tent at Mooloolaba was busy and helped absorb some of the strain on the busy hospital emergency departments.
The hospital spokesman said extra staff had been rostered on to deal with the extra emergency cases.
"We aim to increase our staff on both Christmas and New Year's days because it's such a busy period for us," he said. "Presentations increase by up to 40% on those two days."
Figures on presentations at the emergency departments were not available.
The spokesman commended staff who dealt with the increased workload.
"The emergency departments at Caloundra and Nambour experienced a very busy period but staff coped very well," he said.
Meanwhile, the Queensland Government's new Wait Time Guarantee to ensure all patients receive elective surgery on time will start within a month.
Under the guarantee, which will start on February 1, any patient who waits longer than medically recommended will be offered the next available appointment in a public or private hospital in the state at no cost.