Woman in her 90s dies after waiting in an ambulance outside hospital for an HOUR because there were no beds
- Woman in her 90’s died after waiting for a hospital bed in an ambulance outside
- Hospital had reached capacity with claims of insufficient funding and resources
- It comes after a review of ramping in February following nine ambulance deaths
An elderly woman has tragically died after she was forced to wait an hour in an ambulance parked at a hospital before she could be taken inside.
An ambulance was requested on Thursday when the nonagenarian complained of increasing pain, but once it arrived at Flinders Medical Centre, in Adelaide’s south, there were no available wards.
After a prolonged wait in the back of the vehicle, metres away from essential emergency medical care, the woman’s condition deteriorated.
An ambulance was requested on Thursday when the nonagenarian complained of increasing pain, but once it arrived at Flinders Medical Centre, in Adelaide’s south, there were no available wards
She passed away shortly after being transferred into a hospital bed, reported the ABC.
The Ambulance Employees Association’s Leah Watkins apologised to the patient and her family blaming the delay on insufficient resources.
‘I want to pass on our most heartfelt condolences for the patient and to the family,’ Ms Watkins.
‘We think this is a violation of human rights, we don’t think it’s appropriate for patients to be sitting on the ramp for extended periods of time outside hospitals — they are being blocked from being able to access emergency care in their time of need.’
‘The Government doesn’t seem to be able to resolve the issue so we need an injection of funding and staffing to be able to increase our resources,’ she said.
Ramping, when a patient has to wait for hospital admission because the emergency department is full, has become increasingly problematic within South Australia.
The union and SA’s opposition revealed earlier this week that record figures had been breached in August as ambulances spent approximately 2090 hours ramped at Adelaide’s public hospitals.
On the day of the woman’s death, Flinders Medical Centre (pictured) had reached ‘code white status’- the highest rating dictating capacity
South Australian Premier Steven Marshall said there was ‘no excuse’ for the incident and the case would be investigated by the coroner, the ABC reported.
On the day of the woman’s death, Flinders Medical Centre had reached ‘code white status’- the highest capacity rating.
In February, a review found ramping may have contributed to nine patient deaths in South Australia.
Southern Adelaide Local Health Network declined to comment to the Daily Mail Australia as the case has been referred to the coroner.