The emergency department at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne is experiencing extreme demand

Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital says emergency department is full for second time in less than a week – another sign the state is under pressure healthcare system.

In a statement on their Facebook page, the hospital says that “the emergency department is experiencing extremely high demand and long wait times.”

“The most seriously injured or sickest children will always be seen first.”

The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne has issued an alert stating that the emergency department is experiencing extremely high demand. (Chris Hopkins)

“That’s why we are currently working closely with the Department of Health and Ambulance Victoria to redirect less urgent care where possible.”

It is the second time in less than a week that the hospital has issued such a warning.

The first was announced six days ago on May 8, with the hospital issuing a statement saying, “Our emergency department (ED) is currently experiencing an incredibly high patient count.”

Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital Emergency Department tracker will be on 'Extremely Busy' from May 14.
Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital Emergency Department tracker will be on ‘Extremely Busy’ from May 14. (Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne)

Currently, the ED tracker is set to ‘Extremely Busy’.

Professor Karen Price of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners told 9News something needs to be done.

“We want to take care of our patients, our patients need us,” said Price.

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