Hospital to increase capacity if covid continues to surge

Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service will scale up capacity if the region is impacted by a surge of Covid-19 patients.

Eilish Massie

Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service has revealed it will scale up hospital capacity if the region is impacted by a surge of unwell Covid-19 patients.

From Monday, 3 January to Friday, 7 January, there were 716 confirmed cases in Central Queensland and concern has been raised over how Rockhampton Hospital would cope with the influx of cases.

As of Friday at 8am, there were seven patients were in the Rockhampton Hospital Covid ward in a stable condition.

A Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service spokesperson said CQ Health have plans in place to scale up capacity should the region be impacted by a surge in unwell Covid-19 patients.

“At the moment, the ward for CQ’s Covid-19 patients is in Rockhampton Hospital, but there are plans in place for patients to be cared for at other facilities, including Gladstone Hospital, should it be required,” the spokesperson said.

“So far, the majority of Covid-19 patients in Central Queensland have minor symptoms and are able to isolate at home or receive care through the Covid at home pathway.”

The CQHHS spokesperson said no details about the patients in hospital would be released, other than the fact they are in a stable condition.