Ambulance Victoria issues statement on Premier’s fall

Ambulance Victoria has released a statement on Premier Daniel Andrews’ fall on March 9, confirming paramedics were dispatched at 6.47am and arrived at the Sorrento home where he was staying at 7.01am.

Mr Andrews narrowly avoided permanent spinal cord injury after slipping on wet stairs at a holiday home on the Mornington Peninsula. Scans later revealed he had fractured at least five ribs and sustained an acute compression fracture of the T7 vertebra.

Premier Daniel Andrews, pictured in intensive care in March, is due to return to work later this month.Credit: Supplied

The statement follows a pointed press release issued by the state opposition on Monday afternoon calling for the Premier to answer questions about who called the ambulance, who made the decision to take him to Peninsula Private Hospital, what time the ambulance arrived, and whether police formally or informally interviewed Mr Andrews.

Ambulance Victoria issued the statement on Tuesday morning on the circumstances of its involvement with Mr Andrews after his fall after seeking permission from the Premier. Ambulance Victoria usually does not provide detailed information on individual cases, citing patient privacy.

“Ambulance Victoria received a triple zero call for an ambulance at 6.36am on Tuesday 9 March 2021 for a patient who had fallen on steps at a house in Sorrento,” the statement says.

“Based on information provided during the call, the case did not require an immediate lights and sirens (life-threatening emergency response) and the call underwent secondary triage.

“This triage determined that the case was appropriate for ambulance response, and an ambulance was dispatched from the nearest ambulance branch in Sorrento under normal road conditions at 6.47am. The ambulance arrived at 7.01am.”

The Premier had asked to attend a local hospital “in order for the attending crew to remain within the area once cleared from the case”, according to Ambulance Victoria.

Paramedics, in consultation with Mr Andrews, determined Peninsula Private Hospital’s emergency department was the most appropriate hospital to treat the Premier’s injuries.

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