St John WA alerts Perth residents to further emergency ambulance delays

Perth residents are warned that there are likely to be delays in ambulances responding to emergency calls for the second time in a week.

St John WA issued an “extremely high demand” public alert warning affecting response times shortly before 3:30pm on Sunday.

“St John is about to alert the public via social media messaging that the service is experiencing extremely high demand for ambulances in the Greater Perth area,” St John said in a statement.

“There is likely to be a delay in getting an ambulance to people calling Triple Zero.

“While we appreciate that there will be a high level of interest in this message, our priority is to meet patient demand during this time.

The ambulance provider issued a similar alert late Monday afternoon, which ultimately remained in effect for 13 hours until early Tuesday morning.

St John said the latest alert came as the nonprofit grappled with high levels of absenteeism caused by COVID.

“Currently, we are experiencing a 20 per cent crew shortage and sporadic high volume of calls at the State Operations Center,” the St John statement said.

“There are currently 30 ambulance paramedics on COVID leave today, and 18 tonight.”

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