Hospital emergency departments
A hospital emergency department (ED) provides urgent medical care. Find out why and when you might need to go to an ED, what happens when you get there, and what you need to do before leaving.
The public and private hospital systems
Choosing between a private and a public hospital can be confusing. Find out how your choices for treatment and care can differ.
Hospital discharge planning
Hospital discharge planning aims to make sure that once you leave hospital you continue to get the right healthcare from the right people. Read more.
Hospital and intensive care for COVID-19
If you have COVID-19 and must be admitted to hospital, here’s what to expect and how you might be treated.
Retinal detachment is a medical emergency and you should go to hospital immediately if it happens.
Diagnosis of psychosis
The first step in diagnosing psychosis is to see a doctor or mental health team at a hospital. Psychosis is treatable, so it’s important to seek help.
In a coma, a person is alive but totally unresponsive to the world around them. Someone in a coma will need intensive care in hospital. Find out more here.
A bowel obstruction will cause you serious health problems and people with bowel obstruction usually need to be treated in hospital. Find out more here.
What is an ambulance?
An ambulance is a vehicle equipped to provide emergency care to sick or injured people and to get them to hospital. Learn more here about how much ambulances cost and when you should call one.
Find a health service
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