Triple-0 Calls Hit New Record Amid Covid Surge
A spike in triple-0 calls has triggered a warning that Victoria's hospital system is feeling the pinch.
A whooping 3,250 calls for help were received on Monday by the state's Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA).
The Melbourne Briefing
The last time Victoria's triple-0 service was that busy was during the 2016 thunderstorm asthma event.
ESTA chief executive Marty Smyth said they are "regularly seeing [an] unprecedented numbers of calls now,"
"Levels which before COVID-19 were seen only on busy weekends are now almost a daily occurrence."
- Marty Smyth
Around the country there are signs of the health sector under stress, particularly across locked down regions and hotspot areas where ambulances and hospitals are being pushed to the brink.
The traffic jam of ambulance ramping is evident in the city's north, where 17 ambulances were seen ramped outside the Northern Hospital in Epping on Monday night and 13 the night before.
The delays are due to all patients needing to be screened for Covid.
40 minutes is the state target for patients being transferred from ambulances to hospitals, however it’s understood that paramedics are waiting at hospitals well above those targets.
But what remains evident is that Covid has exacerbated the state's health crisis, but it didn’t start it.
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