Concerns have been raised over the lack of ambulance cover north of the Sea Cliff Bridge- amid calls for the community to lobby for a better emergency service.
An informed source says throughout the year the only duty ambulance on day shift in Helensburgh is sent down to cover Bulli and Wollongong, leaving Helensburgh and Northern suburbs without any Ambulance cover.
They say this becomes a daily occurrence during winter and leads to an extensive area from Sutherland Hospital to Wollongong Hospital left with no available Ambulance resource to respond to emergencies.
“In the past, patients have waited more than two hours for an Ambulance to arrive and treat severe pain from leg fractures.
“It’s believed this is because ” 95% of the workload occurs in the Bulli or Wollongong area and 5% of incidents in Helensburgh so ambulances are directed to ‘cross that bridge’ when it happens.’
“This is an unacceptable practice,” he says, “and needs to stop as the community of Helensburgh and the surrounding district deserve to have an Ambulance available to respond to emergencies in a timely manner or lives will continue to be put at risk.”
Concerned parties have contacted Labor candidate for the seat of Heathcote Maryanne Stuart, saying the Illawarra has been promised nineteen additional paramedics and calling for at least 12 of these to be stationed at Bulli.
“This would cover more than 85% of calls attended by on-call and recalled-to-duty staff and provide better coverage of the Bulli area,” they say.”
“This in turn should mean the Helensburgh ambulance should be able to cover its area more often. Research has shown the Helensburgh ambulance does 42% of the workload in the Bulli area which means the Helensburgh and northern Illawarra are without an ambulance 42 percent of the time.”