NSW Ambulance Commissioner Dominic Morgan says “additional ambulances” invested by the government last year are currently being “rolled out” to aid in treating COVID patients.
“Any time you need a medical emergency, you have a medical emergency, New South Wales ambulance will respond to you but what we know is last night was the second-ever status three alert that New South Wales ambulance has ever had,” Mr Morgan said.
He also advised against calling 000 for non-emergency purposes as it can have “dire consequences” on overwhelmed paramedics who need to attend to COVID-positive patients.
“We have brought on more than 130 new paramedics that were planned from last year, we have another 60 about to hit the road on the 11 September, we have got another 30 hit road as of Monday," he said.
“The government invested heavily in all of the additional ambulances that I asked for last year, and now we are actually rolling them out with 104 new intensive-care ambulances which we haven’t had for decades in this state.”