Emergency Department

Queensland Reporting Hospitals

Queensland Health provides free public hospital emergency care across the state to people who are seriously injured or ill and need treatment.

This page tells you how busy a hospital emergency department (ED) is, and gives information on its performance. For further information about emergency departments and how to access emergency services visit ED Facts.

When a person arrives at an ED for treatment, a qualified triage nurse assesses how urgent their condition is and assigns a category according to the Australasian Triage Scale. There are five triage categories, where 1 is most urgent and 5 is least urgent. The triage system ensures that people most in need of care are treated first. Patients are seen in order of medical priority and not in order of arrival at the hospital.


Monthly emergency department information for February 2015

Indicator Category 1 Category 2 Category 3 Category 4 Category 5 Total
Number of attendances 825 14,304 45,936 40,963 6,079 108,107
Variation in number of attendances+8%+10%+5%-2%+1%+3%
Patients seen within clinically recommended times 100% 76% 63% 72% 89% 70%
Median waiting time to treatment (in minutes) 0 6 21 30 26 20
Percentage of patients who did not wait for treatment 0% 0% 2% 5% 8% 3%
Patients admitted to an inpatient bed 77% 63% 42% 15% 5% 33%
Admissions to hospital within four hours 58% 58% 57% 62% 70% 59%
Patients whose ED stay was within four hours59%65%72%87%94%78%
Number of patients who left after treatment commenced 7 193 841 951 169 2,161
Percentage of patients who left after treatment commenced 1% 1% 2% 2% 3% 2%
Number of patients who did not wait for treatment 0 26 1,015 951 470 3,546

Monthly emergency department information for February 2015

IndicatorPercentage
Patients transferred off-stretcher within 30 minutes85%

Monthly emergency department information for children 14 and under for February 2015

Indicator Category 1 Category 2 Category 3 Category 4 Category 5 Total
Number of attendances 101 2,192 8,982 10,225 1,249 22,749
Variation in number of attendances +11% +25% -1% -5% +37% +1%
Patients seen within clinically recommended times 99% 81% 63% 74% 93% 72%
Median waiting time to treatment (in minutes) 0 6 21 30 28 22
Patients who did not wait for treatment 0% 4% 4% 4% 4% 4%
Patients admitted to an inpatient bed 72% 53% 26% 8% 3% 19%
Admissions to hospital within four hours 68% 62% 61% 55% 49% 61%
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All data is preliminary and subject to change. ""-"" indicates data not available or not applicable.
Source: Queensland Health Emergency Department Information System, except off-stretcher times sourced from Queensland Ambulance Service eARF Database.
Percentages are rounded to whole numbers.

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Queensland EDs have seen the highest growth in attendances in Australia over the last five years, increasing by an average of 7% a year.