Triple zero calls on the rise

Think be­fore you dial 000

Central Telegraph - - NEWS - Vanessa Jar­rett Vanessa.Jar­rett@cen­tral­tele­

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.

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