Ice admissions on the rise at Bundaberg Hospital

THE number of ice-affected people who present at the Bundaberg Hospital each week is increasing.

Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service director of emergency medicine doctor Terry George said the numbers, although low, were on the rise.

Dr George said the people who went to hospital were generally young to middle-aged adults but could cross all age ranges.

He said the drug affected patients were often in a psychotic state which was a concern for those who treated the person and others in the room.

"Generally, ice-affected patients have disordered thoughts, altered perceptions of reality, paranoia and hallucinations that often result in violent responses to people and the environment around them," Dr George said.

"These violent responses are a safety concern to themselves, our staff, other patients and the friends and relatives of people staying in the emergency department."

He said patients in the emergency department who were affected by ice or any other drugs were encouraged to link with specialised drug rehabilitation and counselling services as well as with local general practitioners.



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