SA health denies claims COVID-19 patients forced to wait hours

The South Australian Government has denied union claims COVID-19 patients were left waiting for ambulances for hours last night as the healthcare system struggled to cope with demand. Ambulances in Adelaide's metro region entered "code white" on Wednesday night with all ambulances in use, Ambulance Employees Association (SA) said. "For most of the evening there were 15 life-threatening emergencies uncovered with no ambulance to send," the union said in a tweet. READ MORE: Adelaide man says 'false' jab on immunisation record cost him his job https://twitter.com/aeasa1981/status/1473759014408261633?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"Our healthcare system is not coping … a COVID patient triaged as life threatening waited 3 hours for an ambulance to arrive. One Ambulance was sent to three severely unwell COVID patients with no backup." The Ambulance Employees Association says both suspected and confirmed COVID-19 cases were ramped outside Royal Adelaide Hospital as ambulance officers waite..

The South Australian Government has denied union claims COVID-19 patients were left waiting for ambulances for hours last night as the healthcare system struggled to cope with demand.

Ambulances in Adelaide's metro region entered "code white" on Wednesday night with all ambulances in use, Ambulance Employees Association (SA) said.

"For most of the evening there were 15 life-threatening emergencies uncovered with no ambulance to send," the union said in a tweet.

READ MORE: Adelaide man says 'false' jab on immunisation record cost him his job

https://twitter.com/aeasa1981/status/1473759014408261633?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

"Our healthcare system is not coping … a COVID patient triaged as life threatening waited 3 hours for an ambulance to arrive. One Ambulance was sent to three severely unwell COVID patients with no backup."

The Ambulance Employees Association says both suspected and confirmed COVID-19 cases were ramped outside Royal Adelaide Hospital as ambulance officers waited for the patients to be seen.

However, a spokesperson for SA Health denied any COVID-19 patients were ramped at the hospital.

"No COVID patients were ramped on their presentation to the Royal Adelaide Hospital via ambulance last night – this includes a Category 1 patient who was seen immediately on arrival," the spokesperson said.

"The COVID patient procedures were all followed correctly and all COVID patients were taken through the dedicated COVID entrance to the hospital.

"No one was exposed to any additional risk of COVID-19 through the transfer of care process."

Ambulance Employees Association (SA) says the healthcare system is struggling to cope with demand amid a COVID-19 surge.

South Australia recorded a surge in COVID-19 cases overnight, with 484 new infections.

Yesterday, the state recorded 198 new cases.

There were seven people hospitalised with the virus and one in intensive care.

From Friday morning, rapid antigen tests will also be allowed to be sold in the state.

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