A HOSPITAL worker who went home sick on Monday was found unconscious on the floor of her Gympie home four days later.
Worried colleagues phoned police after the woman, 60, failed to turn up for work by Thursday.
Officers went to the lady's home, in the inner suburbs of Gympie, after contacting her next of kin.
Relatives in Brisbane had not heard from her and gave permission for officers to break into her home after their attempts to make contact were also unsuccessful.
Officers broke the lock on the front door and discovered the woman passed out on the floor.
She was unconscious, but still breathing and it appeared to police as if she had been there for days.
Ambulance paramedics stabilised the woman and took her to hospital while police secured the house.
She was then transferred from Gympie to Nambour Hospital's intensive care unit, where she is in a serious but stable condition.
Officer in Charge of Gympie Police District, Senior Sergeant Graeme Reeves, said it was unfortunate cases like these highlighted the need for neighbours to keep an eye out for each other.
He said people living alone needed to arrange a buddy system; someone to check on them regularly.
"I congratulate the woman's fellow workers for contacting police," Snr Sgt Reeves said.
"People living alone should always have a local contact, especially if their next of kin lives some distance away.
"This woman could have been lying there for four days. It was lucky police found her when they did."