Chaotic night for Melbourne’s hospital system as tens of ambulances ramped

A code orange was declared across the city, with 39 ambulances reportedly ramped at one point as overwhelmed emergency departments were unable to admit patients.

The chaotic night came as Victoria’s hospital system has been under extreme pressure for months due to staff shortages and fatigue caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

At one point, 10 ambulances were seen queued up outside the Royal Melbourne Hospital, parked on the street and footpath.

The offload delays left only eight per cent of metropolitan ambulances available to respond to call outs, and in one hour, a total of 69 urgent triple zero calls were left sitting in a pending queue waiting for an ambulance.

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