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Ambulance Service issue 2nd warning in a week

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For the second time in two weeks Ambulance Victoria has stated that it is experiencing an extremely high demand for ambulances on the Mornington Peninsula and Metro areas. And until a further update on Tuesday morning at 8:30am, it is likely that there will be a delay in the ambulance reaching you. The message from Ambulance Victoria is “If someone can provide medical help or you can seek alternative medical assistance please do so.”
You can also seek advice from your doctor, pharmacist or NURSE-ON-CALL (1300 606 024).
If the patient’s condition worsens, please call back Triple Zero (000) immediately.
What you should do:

  • In a medical emergency, and if it is safe to do so, ask a family member or friend to drive you to hospital.
  • When driving, drive cautiously and obey all normal road traffic rules.
Where to get help:
If you need non-urgent medical care or advice there are a number of other places to get help:
  • If you feel unwell or have a minor injury, you can visit your local doctor.
  • You can speak with a pharmacist for questions about general health or use of medications.
  • And you can ring Nurse-On-Call at any time for immediate advice on 1300 60 60 24 (24 hours, 7 days).
  • See the Better Health Channel for more options.
If in doubt, always call Triple Zero (000). Call takers are trained to help you and will direct you to the appropriate assistance.
What is a medical emergency?
An immediately life-threatening emergency needing an ambulance may include:
  • chest pain or chest tightness
  • sudden numbness or paralysis of the face, arm or leg
  • large burns
  • serious accidents or trauma
  • severe bleeding
  • difficulty breathing
  • extreme pain
  • unconsciousness
Ambulance Victoria is working with health and emergency partners to provide assistance to those in need.

Written by: Peter

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