Triple zero calls on the rise
Think before you dial 000
STATISTICS released by the State Government show an unprecedented increase in calls for the Queensland Ambulance Service.
Monday, August 14 was the busiest day on record for the QAS with an extra 613 triple zero calls compared to the same day in 2016.
It has been estimated the latest flu outbreak has contributed to a 13% increase in triple zero calls so far this financial year.
A total of 19,216 confirmed flu cases have been notified to Queensland Health so far this year and, while demand has increased across the state, it has been most prevalent in south-east Queensland.
Biloela Ambulance Station officer-in-charge Terry Zillmann said locally they had been receiving these calls as well.
“We have had an increased number of calls from people with flu-like conditions,” he said. “Predominantly for respiratory distress.”
Mr Zillmann said while the calls had increased, they had all been justified.
To avoid an ambulance trip to the hospital, Mr Zillmann said the the flu needle was worth it.
“I strongly encourage everyone to get the flu needle, it is not too late and this can be accessed through your local GP,” he said.
If an emergency did arise and thecondition worsened, Mr Zillmann said not to hesitate to dial 000.
“The best indicator for people to call an ambulance is if you are having trouble breathing,” he said. “Acute shortness of breath would be time to call an ambulance.
“The vulnerable, such as young children, elderly and those with chronic disease, their conditions can also exasperate with flu-like symptoms.”
For non-serious symptoms, consult your GP.
“If people are feeling unwell, they should consult their GP if they are concerned with their flu-like symptoms,” Mr Zillmann said.
Officer in charge of Biloela station, Terry Zillmann.