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The winters seems to be taxing for the Wollongong Hospital, as there is shortage of bed facilities in the emergency department, and patients have to wait in ambulances to get admitted in the emergency ward. Last week only, there were nine ambulances, which were queued up to get patients admitted in the ward.
The demand of beds, make paramedics to be with their patients, until they get admitted to the emergency ward. Now they are worried that emergencies would not respond, due to bed-block. And, owing to this reason, Paramedics Union has asked the New South Wales Government to resolve the problem of ambulance block at Wollongong Hospital.
The Health Services Union have found a temporary solution to it, in which Wollongong, would have a system in which waiting patients would get treatment, before getting admitted to the emergency department. Union Organiser Gerard Hayes said that they have been trying to implement changes, which have been already introduced in Sydney, at Wollongong Hospital. But, for him it is not the ideal option, but for time being he would go with it.
The Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District said that they are facing such problem due to cold climate, and due to that, they are having high level of presentations.