“That’s why we’re preparing for it, we’ve been for nearly two years,” she said. “And I say again, our hospital system is under stress. Are we going to need to do things differently? Of course we will.”
NSW runs nearly 900,000 strokes a week, putting it on track to reach a 70 per cent vaccination rate by mid-October, when the intensive care system is expected to face its biggest test. The prime minister said health modeling suggests that pressure on the intensive care network will decrease, as the country moves closer to vaccination targets.
“Our ICU specialists, our emergency department specialists are among the best in the world, and they have planned and trained to deal with what we may expect in the next couple of months,” she said.
Paramedics have been instructed to move confirmed cases in western Sydney to Westmead while people suspected of having COVID-19 will only be taken to Auburn and Blacktown hospitals. Nurses treating patients at Westmead say there is a “strong sense of despair” as cases continue to rise.
The Westmead COVID ward nurse, who was not authorized to speak to the media, told Announce It felt as if they were “told that the health system is coping when this is not the case”.
“As the numbers go up, more and more hope is lost,” she said, noting that there had been several blue-tinged incidents, episodes deemed critical, on the ward in the past week.
The hospital’s intensive care unit nurse, who is also not authorized to speak to the media, said about 30 percent of staff in the unit have been pulled from private hospitals, pediatric intensive care and operating rooms, yet there is still a staff shortage. .
“These are patients who, due to their level of condition, need one-to-one care but are multiplied by two patients for one nurse,” she said, adding that the situation was “extremely dangerous.”
The nurse said the ICU had about 26 coronavirus patients over the weekend and about 24 standard ventilators. She described the situation in the unit as “extremely dire”, with staffing the biggest problem.
“The nurses are exhausted, and no one wants to work overtime. There are no models to replace them,” she said.
Hospitals in hot spots need relief by increasing staff and moving patients, said Gerard Hayes, secretary of the Federation of Health Services.
“They should definitely look at deploying these patients elsewhere to reduce the burden,” he said.
There are 840 patients being treated in hospitals, of whom 137 are in intensive care. Of those in intensive care, 119 were not vaccinated, 13 received one dose, and five received two doses.
Health Secretary Brad Hazzard said the hospital system is set up to carry more COVID patients than it was already supporting, with private hospitals on standby to provide more support.
Four more deaths were reported Monday, including an Aboriginal man in his 50s in Dubbo who had underlying health conditions. He is the first person to succumb to the virus in western New South Wales, where it has recorded 60 new cases.
Another man in his 70s, a woman in her 60s, and another aged care resident also died in the last reporting period.
Dr Kerry Chant, NSW’s chief health officer, said Guildford, Marylands, Auburn, Punchpool and surrounding suburbs were a matter of great concern.
“We are also seeing some spread to neighboring local government areas and this is usually workers who go to the local government areas of interest and bring in [the virus] Dr. Chant said.
Ryde, Meadowbank and some inner western suburbs like Marrickville [is] Where we are seeing introduction in factories and other workplaces.”
The prime minister said the list of local government areas of concern under tighter restrictions in Sydney could change depending on the current figures.
Randwick residents prioritized access to Pfizer jabs in the Bayside hotspot amid concerns that 9,000 doses could be lost after people failed to show up for appointments. Randwick, which is adjacent to Bayside, saw a growing number of cases from an illegal party on August 14.
Health advice governing areas of greatest interest will take into account immunization coverage, where new cases come from and how they are generated.
“We already have conversations on a daily basis, and without raising too many expectations, there are a couple of areas of local government that we are considering getting out of those areas of concern,” Ms Berejiklian said.
The areas of concern reporting the lowest number of cases on Monday were Burwood, with one new case and Strathfield, which recorded five cases.
Four residents of a residential nursing home at Uniting Edinglassie Lodge in Penrith tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend.
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