Perth’s ambulance crisis sparks warning due to ‘extremely high’ demand

An unprecedented warning has been issued to residents of an Australian city amid a worsening crisis and record Covid case figures.

An unprecedented warning has been issued to Perth residents amid a worsening ambulance crisis.

St John Ambulance made the plea on Monday, revealing more than 25 per cent of their fleet in the West Australian capital is ramped amid “extremely high” demand.

“The State Operations Centre is continuing to receive call volumes of more than 40 calls per hour,” a spokesman said.

“Our priority is to provide care to Western Australians who require lifesaving assistance.”

Ambulance ramping takes place when a hospital takes more than 30 minutes to admit a patient to its emergency department after arrival.

WA Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson last week announced a $252m package aimed to address main causes for the crisis.

However, she concluded “great improvement in the coming months” could not be expected as Covid cases remained at record levels.

“We’re not looking for a quick fix, what we want is genuine reform to see those hours tracking down steadily and consistently,” she said.

“The taskforce will identify sustainable and enduring policies to relieve some of that pressure on emergency departments.”

WA recorded 10,394 new cases of Covid on Monday, the state’s highest daily figure since the pandemic began.

Ambulances spent 52,000 hours ramped in WA across 2021, more than double the 25,902 hours recorded in 2020.

In the first week of May alone, ambulances have spent more than 1561 hours ramped.

Originally published as Perth’s ambulance crisis sparks warning due to ‘extremely high’ demand