Permanent Alpha ambos not justified

THE average emergency caseload in Alpha and Jericho does not warrant a permanent ambulance presence, despite calls for better services from more than 120 residents.

A review of statistics and response data for the past two years had justified alternate delivery models, such as rescue helicopters and the RFDS, a Department of Community Safety spokesperson said.

“Where the demand does not warrant a full-time ambulance presence, the Queensland Ambulance Service collaborates with other health care providers to maximise the use of local medical infrastructure,” the spokesperson said.

“The hospital-based service at Alpha is operated by Queensland Health and the QAS provides a vehicle, ambulance equipment and training in the use of the vehicle and its equipment.”

The DCS response came after Central Queensland News highlighted the case of an Emerald girl stung by a wasp who was tended to by a mine site paramedic after calls to Triple Zero established no QAS paramedic was available.

The DCS spokesperson said the arrangements at Alpha and Jericho were similar to those in other rural and remote areas.

“The Alpha and Jericho communities can be confident they will get the essential pre-hospital medical care they need through the expertise and resources of the QAS, Queensland Health, the RFDS, Central Queensland rescue helicopter service based in Mackay and the Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service based in Rockhampton,” the spokesperson said.


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