Emergency department presentations at The Alfred and Sandringham Hospital remain at their lowest levels in years as Victorians continue to adhere to the stage-three COVID-19 restrictions and stay home.
In response to the COVID-19 global health crisis, The Alfred has significantly increased its capacity to care for critically ill patients with major expansions to its Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Emergency Department (ED).
The Alfred has admitted multiple patients with severe cooking-related burns since the state’s stage 3 lockdown came into effect, and specialists are urging people at home to take greater care or risk life-long injuries.
Trauma specialists from The Alfred have spoken out about the reality of Christmas in the Emergency and Trauma Centre in an attempt to curb the ever-increasing number of people seriously injured over the festive season.
The Alfred emergency team is ramping up for the festive season – after last year’s holiday period saw a spike in road trauma injuries, falls and alcohol-related presentations to the Emergency Department (ED).
Trauma specialists are urging Victorians to take care cleaning gutters and preparing the home for Christmas as the number of patients arriving at The Alfred with life-threatening injuries caused by ladder falls continues to rise.