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The latest news at Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service.

Crazy socks more vital than ever

Crazy Socks 4 Docs Day looks a little different at Gold Coast Health this year, but the national initiative’s message is the same, and it’s more vital than ever. 

Held on the first Friday of June, Crazy Socks 4 Docs Day acknowledges all those in the medical workforce who are twice as likely to suicide compared to the broader community. Research shows doctors are at higher risk of suicide, suicidal thinking, and psychological distress. 

Kindness a connective tissue for health staff during pandemic

Have you heard of The Pandemic Kindness Movement? As the name suggests, the intention of the clinician-led project is to ‘spread only kindness’ and support the wellbeing of the health workforce. In this article, we learn about the PKM, and how Gold Coast Health’s home-grown version of the gratitude movement rose to the surface during the swell of COVID-19. 

Gold Coast Health receives international recognition for nursing and midwifery

Gold Coast Health has received international recognition for nursing and midwifery by becoming the first full health service in Australia to receive the prestigious Magnet Recognition. 

Vital hospital care delivered at home helps families during pandemic

Gold Coast Health is delivering patient care in the comfort of home for paediatric patients who are at greater risk of infection, reducing hospital trips and anxiety during COVID-19.

Increasing the scope of care the Children’s Hospital in the Home (CHITH) service can provide during the pandemic has made the world of difference to immunocompromised patients undergoing cancer treatment like four-year-old Scout Pederson.

Simulations help medical team modify treatment in the era of COVID-19


In the past month, Gold Coast Health has completed more than 250 simulations of medical procedures, to prepare clinicians to treat patients with various medical conditions combined with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

Don’t delay emergency medical help during COVID-19

Gold Coast Health is urging people who are experiencing a medical emergency during the COVID-19 pandemic not to hesitate to call 000 or present to an emergency department.

Director of Emergency Medicine Associate Professor David Green said emergency departments were ready to care for patients 24-hours-a-day, whether they have suspected COVID-19 or not. 

“Our hospitals are safe to attend, and we have gone above and beyond to take all necessary measures to protect staff and patients from any risk of infection,” Dr Green said. 

I have coronavirus (COVID-19) – now what?

Many Gold Coasters may be concerned that will be diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19). But what actually happens when you contract the virus?

It’s important to remember that everyone diagnosed with COVID-19 will experience it a little differently, because their bodies will respond to the virus in a different way.

Treating mild illness at home

Take a moment to consider your mental wellbeing

It’s important to look after your mental wellbeing during these challenging times.

Putting the 'heart' into health care for families in distress

A successful community partnership is making a difference to hundreds of families as they deal with the stress of being away from home when they have a loved one in hospital with life-threatening illness or injury.

Gold Coast Health and The Mooring, a not-for-profit service coordinated through the Southport Church of Christ, link families of patients in Intensive Care Units with practical support such as accommodation, transport, meals, care packages and more.

Surgery hands Shane his hobby back

Shane Hewitt (left) has had 10 operations in his life. The first of which was when he was just six-weeks-old.