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Live: NSW Now: ‘Staggering’ flu season puts pressure on NSW hospitals

Email Sydney news: 'Unprecedented' flu season puts pressure on hospitals, bushfire conditions ease in northern NSW

Updated September 11, 2019 07:40:04

Map: NSW

Here's what you need to know this morning.

Record numbers at emergency departments

NSW Ambulance Photo: Emergency departments have logged record numbers, influenced by the flu season. (ABC News: Dan Cox)

The longest flu season in NSW since the 2009 pandemic has boosted the numbers of patients attending emergency departments over the last quarter to make it the highest on record.

Public hospitals saw almost 755,000 patients at emergency departments in April, May and June, up 57,000 or 8.2 per cent on the same period the previous year, according to the Bureau of Health.

NSW Ambulance also saw 310,000 responses, up 27,500 or 9.7 per cent compared with the previous year.

NSW Health acting deputy secretary Elizabeth Wood said the numbers were unprecedented.

"We have seen a staggering number of hospital presentations this quarter, which is not even peak winter, influenced by the longest flu season in a decade."

Easing bushfire conditions

Four firefighters with a fire truck on a road. Photo: Nine homes were destroyed and 100,000 hectares burnt in the fires. (ABC News: Jerry Rickard)

Firefighters have managed to get on top of two bushfires that have been burning for days in northern New South Wales.

Conditions have eased at Bees Nest north of Ebor and at Drake near Tenterfield, with authorities downgrading the fires to an advice warning level.

But residents should continue to monitor conditions and firefighters remain on scene to protect properties, Kelwyn White from the NSW Rural Fire Service said.

"Some good progress was made through backburning and strengthening containment lines but we should remind the community that these fires are still ongoing," she said.

Pedestrian hit in Tempe

A pedestrian has been treated at St George Hospital after being hit by a van on Tuesday afternoon.

About 3:00pm, emergency services were called to the Princes Highway, near Holbeach Avenue in Tempe where the man had been hit.

Paramedics treated the man for head and leg injuries and he was taken to hospital in a serious but stable condition.

The van driver was taken to hospital for mandatory testing.

Teenager stabbed

Two teenage boys have been arrested after a 15-year-old boy was stabbed in the stomach in Kellyville yesterday.

A 15 and a 16-year-old boy approached the youth and attacked him in a reserve in Wrights Road just before 4:00pm, police allege.

He was taken by ambulance to the Children's Hospital at Westmead where he remains in a stable condition.

The two alleged offenders were charged with aggravated robbery with wounding and grievous bodily harm and affray.

Wednesday's weather
Sunny with light winds.

Min. Max.
CBD 9 20
Parramatta 5 21

Topics: health, emergency-care, influenza, police, accidents, nsw, sydney-2000

First posted September 11, 2019 06:17:03

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