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High demand at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital

Melbourne parents and caregivers are being urged to think twice about taking their children to the emergency department due to high demand at the city’s main children’s hospital.

On Saturday, the Royal Children’s Hospital sent some patients away from the institution if their needs were less urgent than others.

The hospital and its emergency department were both seeing high demand and long wait times, which were likely to persist throughout the weekend.

The most seriously injured or sickest children will always be seen first. Therefore, we are currently working closely with The Department of Health an Ambulance Victoria to divert less urgent care where possible,” the hospital said on social media.

“During this time, we ask our community to consider your child’s health needs carefully.”

If feasible, families should call their medical practitioners, local pharmacies, or Victoria’s Nurse on Call program.

The hospital has issued an excessive pressure warning for the second time in seven days. It advised parents and caregivers to go to their local hospital’s emergency room instead if feasible last Sunday.

The hospital recommended those with children who require emergency medical attention should dial triple zero.

They further requested that just one parent or caregiver take a youngster to the nearest emergency department.

High demand at Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital

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