The 25-year-old, who finished fourth at the World Championships marathon in London last summer, had looked set for gold but he began to sway in distress and fell over on the curb.
He attempted to get back to his feet but lacked the strength to do so and eventually slumped to the ground with medical assistance seemingly taking an age to reach him.
Australian victor Michael Shelley ran past the prone Hawkins just as help arrived.
There was a similarly encouraging message from Hawkins' agency, Moyo Sports, in a tweet which read: "Callum Hawkins is sitting up and talking after having been taken to hospital".
"He is being supported by Team Scotland medical staff and there are no major concerns at this stage".
Team Scotland added that Hawkins will remain in Gold Coast University Hospital overnight as a precaution and will be assessed again in the morning by their medical team.
"I heard he is a bit better so I really hope he's alright".
"Where on earth is the help?"
Seven of the 24 starters failed to complete the race, including Tanzania's Saidi Juma Makula, who collapsed close to the finish line before being helped into an ambulance.
"Sometimes the medical people arrive and the athlete has to make a decision as to whether they go on or not and I understand that was a part of the discussion".
"Congratulations to all the runners who finished and courageous running from Robbie Simpson and Kevin Seaward but big questions for LOC [local organising committee] and medical support".
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"The marathon is brutal and a heartbreaker but there is a lot more to come from this courageous champion".
Viewers watching the race on TV slammed Games organisers for their slow medical response with many horrified that fans took photos of the fallen runner.
"Athletes run in snow, they run in 30-odd degree heat so we don't think that's an issue", he said. "We can't have medical people on every corner of the road", he said.
Mr Peters said there was "no reason" there would be deliberate delays.
GOLDOC later released a statement which confirmed "medical staff were posted at 500m intervals in the final kilometres of the course" and all staff "had radio communications".
"In competition, there are strict rules around accepting medical help and subsequent disqualification", he said. They also said help was provided as soon as Hawkins requested it.
Going into the final quarter of the race Hawkins, who finished fourth in the World Championships past year, was looking set to claim his first major medal.
He had a lead of 41 seconds before his fall, which denied him the chance of victory on the Gold Coast.
Shelley won the race in two hours, 16 minutes and 46 seconds with Uganda's Munyo Solomon Mutai taking silver (2:19:02) and Scotland's Robbie Simpson bronze (2:19:36).
He passed the halfway point in one hour 07:44 minutes and was living up to his pre-race favourite tag before the drama.