On Monday 9th May my wife tripped on the back patio at our house and broke her femur. She fell hard onto the concrete floor and could not move. She felt her leg break and could not move it. If she tried to move she felt excruciating pain. I immediately called an ambulance, which, from past experiences with our daughter, usually arrive in 15 to 20 minutes. But not this time.
I would call back the triple 000 number (not 911 in Australia) every hour but they just told us to wait. Well, the ambulance did eventually arrive 4 hours 20 minutes after I made the initial call.
The paramedic told us when he arrived that most of the calls he had before coming to us were from people who thought they had COVID but didn’t need an ambulance. But my wife did need an ambulance. As it turned out the ambulance company was getting 40 calls per hour that day, the busiest day in its history as Western Australian COVID cases hit 10,000 new cases that day. No wonder the ambulance couldn’t get to a person in real need. Many ambulances (25%) were “ramped” that day also. That means they were waiting with patients to be unloaded in the hospital driveways. More COVID insanity.