This story goes to the very essence of my hospital avoidance argument in my aged care policy positions outlined here. We can only begin to imagine the extra pressure on ambulance and accident and emergency but for an incentive to embrace the principle of hospital avoidance in the interest of both patient care and easing pressure on ambulance and hospitals.
“…Eight of the top 10 locations calling for an emergency ambulance last year were nursing homes, as frail residents were unable to receive the medical attention they needed on site.
Data released by Ambulance NSW under freedom of information laws show the Anglican Retirement Village Nursing Home at Castle Hill made 928 emergency calls. The Frank Whiddon Nursing Home at Glenfield ranked second with 664 calls…”