The role of the Sunshine Hospital (SH) Emergency Department (ED) is to receive, assess, stabilise and manage patients across all age groups who present with a wide variety of urgent and complex conditions. The range of conditions includes major/minor trauma, surgical, medical, obstetric, communicable/non-communicable infections & mental health conditions.
Patients either self-present or are referred to the ED. For the full year of 2019/20 over 31% of patients arrived at the SHED by Ambulance.
Currently Sunshine Hospital is classified as a Level 3 ED, suitable for managing the most complex cases and providing some sub-specialty services, Paediatric and a large obstetric service. It is a designated Metropolitan Trauma Service for adults; however major trauma cases are transferred to major trauma centres.
The Department is separated into five clinical areas, that are each led by a multidisciplinary team. The areas are, Triage and Emergency Services Arrival, Resuscitation, Adult Acute, Children’s, and Short Stay. Patients are streamed to the most appropriate clinical area based on a defined clinical and demographic criteria.