Australian-first help­ing fam­i­lies

The Observer - - NEWS -

AN AUSTRALIAN first for Cen­tral Queens­land will help chil­dren in se­ri­ous sit­u­a­tions.

All new Queens­land Am­bu­lance Ser­vice am­bu­lances are be­ing fit­ted with dual-ca­pa­bil­ity seats, suitable for adults and chil­dren, aged be­tween one and six years old.

It means a child can now be taken in the same am­bu­lance as their sick par­ent or guardian with­out hav­ing to wait for an­other fam­ily mem­ber to come and look af­ter them, or for an­other ve­hi­cle with a por­ta­ble booster-seat on board to ar­rive.

Ad­vanced Care Para­medic Terry Bourke said the new seat re­duced stress for the pa­tient and paramedics.

“Of­ten par­ents who’ve called an am­bu­lance have the added stress of try­ing to ar­range for fam­ily or friends to come and look af­ter their kids be­fore we’re able to trans­port them to hos­pi­tal,” Mr Bourke said.

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