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Up to 14 ambulances left queuing at Dandenong Hospital – HERALD SUN

By Grant McArthur
Herald Sun
July 21, 2019

 

More than a dozen ambulances were left queuing at a single hospital last week as flu cases ramped up pressure on paramedics and emergency departments.

Up to 14 ambulances were photographed waiting to offload patients at Dandenong Hospital about 3pm on Wednesday, raising Opposition claims that the Andrews Government’s bypass overhaul had failed.

Monash Health confirmed in a statement that a surge in ambulance arrivals at Dandenong within an hour had increased pressure on the emergency department.

“Patients in ambulances were immediately triaged on arrival to ensure the most urgent cases were prioritised and transferred to cubicles,” the Monash Health statement said.

“Less urgent cases took longer on Wednesday afternoon because of the sudden influx of vehicles.”

Ambulance Victoria regional director Chris James confirmed there were delays offloading patients on Wednesday afternoon.

“Delays at hospitals can occur during winter, often when we see an increase in flu or respiratory-related cases,” he said.

“We work closely with hospitals to ensure patients can be transferred into hospital care quickly and safely, which allows ambulance crews to again become available to respond to emergency calls.”

In late 2015, the Andrews Government outlawed the trouble-plagued bypass system which previously allowed busy hospitals to declare themselves off limits to ambulances.

Under the current model, Ambulance Victoria is provided with an overview of how busy each hospital’s emergency department is so it can decide which is the most appropriate to take patients to.

But Opposition health spokeswoman Georgie Crozier said Wednesday’s ramping was another example of how the system was failing patients.

“Daniel Andrews promised that ambulance ramping would no longer occur outside our hospitals, but these images show that he has failed to do so,” she said.

“Victorians deserve a health system that puts patients first.”

A spokesman for Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said ambulances were arriving faster to code-one emergencies than ever before.

“We’ve seen a higher than usual start to the flu season, and our hardworking hospitals and paramedics can become extremely busy from time to time, especially during the winter peak,” the spokesman said.

Documents released to the Opposition last year showed ambulances were being turned away and “redistributed” from busy emergency departments up to 100 times a day during the height of the 2017 flu season, while dozens of others queued up at hospitals waiting to transfer patients.

A link to the HERALD SUN is HERE

 

Ambos strained by flu

22 July 2019
Herald Sun
By Grant McArthur

Hospital queue crisis

MORE than a dozen ambulances were left queuing at a single hospital last week as flu cases increased pressure on paramedics and emergency departments.

Up to 14 ambulances were photographed waiting to offload patients at Dandenong Hospital about 3pm on Wednesday, raising Opposition claims that the Andrews Government’s bypass overhaul had failed. Monash Health confirmed in a statement that a surge in ambulance arrivals at Dandenong within an hour had increased pressure on the emergency department.

“Patients in ambulances were immediately triaged on arrival to ensure the most urgent cases were prioritised and transferred to cubicles,” the statement said. “Less-urgent cases took longer on Wednesday afternoon because of the sudden influx of vehicles.”

Ambulance Victoria regional director Chris James confirmed there had been delays offloading patients on Wednesday afternoon.

“Delays at hospitals can occur during winter, often when we see an increase in flu or respiratory-related cases,” he said.

“We work closely with hospitals to ensure patients can be transferred into hospital care quickly and safely, which allows ambulance crews to again become available to respond to emergency calls.”

In late 2015, the Andrews Government outlawed the trouble-plagued bypass system that previously allowed busy hospitals to declare themselves off limits to ambulances.

Under the current model, Ambulance Victoria is provided with an overview of how busy each hospital’s emergency department is so that it can decide which is the most appropriate to take patients to.

But Opposition health spokeswoman Georgie Crozier said Wednesday’s ramping was another example of the system failing patients.

“Daniel Andrews promised that ambulance ramping would no longer occur outside our hospitals, but these images show that he has failed to do so,” she said.

A spokesman for Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said ambulances were arriving faster to code-one emergencies than ever.

“We’ve seen a higher than usual start to the flu season,” the spokesman said.

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