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Health alert: Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

We are experiencing an increased number of people presenting to our Emergency Departments for treatment of COVID-19. A number of our staff are also impacted by COVID-19, and as a result we are experiencing longer-than-usual emergency department waiting times. Metro South Health will continue to treat the most urgent cases first (Category 1). Please do not attend the emergency department unless it is an emergency. Thank you for your patience and understanding while we prioritise our most urgent cases.

Fully vaccinated visitors may attend our facilities. Please refer to the visitor restrictions for more information. 
Find out where to get tested at one of our fever clinic locations, where to get vaccinated, our COVID-19 response and read the latest Queensland Government information.

Digital Hospital

Interactive. Informed. Optimised.

In November 2015, the Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) became Australia’s first large-scale digital hospital. Becoming a digital hospital has put the PAH at the forefront of healthcare innovation and technology and leads to better care for our patients.

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Becoming a digital hospital helps us to: 

  • get you home sooner by empowering staff with fast access to information
  • spend more time caring for patients and less time doing paperwork
  • optimise our world class medical research
  • reduce our environmental footprint.

What is a Digital Hospital?

As a digital hospital your doctors, nurses and healthcare team document and access your medical information (such as who you are, reason for admission, medical history and any allergies) on computers instead of using paper files.

New digital bedside patient monitoring devices automatically upload your vital signs and observations, such as your blood pressure, temperature and heart rate, directly to your secure electronic medical record.

Digital Hospital infographic

Positive patient identification

Printed patient identity wristbands with unique bar codes replace hand written wristbands to ensure accurate patient identification.

Our staff scan the bar code on your wristband with a handheld device to easily link your digital bedside vital signs and observations with your medical record.

Adjusting to the new system

By becoming a Digital Hospital, our hospital staff needed to learn and adjust to the new digital system and devices. We appreciate your patience as we transition to this new way of documenting your care.

How privacy and security will be protected

Only authorised Queensland Health hospital staff can access your secure electronic medical record.

Your record is protected by strict legislation, as well as built-in security measures to protect against unauthorised access.

Last updated 3 February 2020
Last reviewed 16 November 2015