What to expect

Find out what to expect when you go to hospital for an emergency, specialist appointment or to have surgery.

Emergency department

Our emergency departments operate 24 hours a day, providing specialised care to patients with a serious illness or injury.

Find your nearest emergency department

  • Specialist doctor appointment

    Outpatient clinics provide specialist medical and surgical services that don't need a stay in hospital.

  • Surgery

    Find out what your surgery will involve and what you need to do before you have it.

Interpreter services

Interpreters are free and you can use their services 24 hours a day.

You can ask for a Queensland interpreter card that you can show when you're using a government agency. This card lets staff know that you need an interpreter in the language printed on your card.

You can ask for a Queensland interpreter card by emailing MAQ@dlgrma.qld.gov.au.

Patient Travel Subsidy Scheme

The Patient Travel Subsidy Scheme helps with travel and accommodation costs for patients who need to use specialist medical services that aren't available in their local area.

If you live in a rural and remote area, and have to travel more than 50 km to your local public hospital, you may be eligible for the Patient Travel Subsidy Scheme.

You can read more about the subsidy scheme on the Queensland Government website.

Last updated: May 2024