Deputy-Secretary of NSW Health, said the community can be assured the entire
health system is well prepared to help, from community care through to immediate
Departments are operating as usual over the Christmas and New Year period to
assist with urgent, unexpected conditions,” Ms Pearce said.
matter is not of a serious / life threatening nature, patients are advised to
see their local GP or medical centre.”
advice or concerns, the public should remember that Healthdirect is always able
to assist with medical advice.”
Ms Pearce said
it was also important to make sure medications and prescriptions are also in
order before the holiday period, especially if people are travelling away, and
urged families to keep the 24-hour Healthdirect helpline in their phones.
“In the case
of a health emergency, people should call Triple Zero (000) but for other health
concerns Healthdirect is an excellent source of assistance.
the Healthdirect helpline on 1800 022 222, anyone can receive health advice
from registered nurses on the line, at any time of day or night,” she said.
is not an emergency service. People with a health emergency should still ring
Triple Zero (000). Patients who are experiencing heart and breathing problems
or who need urgent medical attention should always attend their local emergency
department or contact Triple Zero.
encouraged to take simple measures and precautions to ensure a happy and
healthy holiday season, by:
- Moderating the consumption of alcohol,
particularly on New Year’s Eve;
- Visiting their GP in the lead up to Christmas,
and ensuring they have an adequate supply of prescription medications;
- Taking additional care on the roads and when
participating in outdoor recreational activities;
- Keeping a close eye on elderly relatives with
impaired mobility in unfamiliar surroundings;
- Maintaining regular contact with the socially
- Taking precautions on very hot days, such as
maintaining hydration, minimising physical activity, wearing light clothing,
avoiding alcohol, and staying indoors between 11am and 5pm, ideally in air
- Supervising and keeping a watchful eye on
children, particularly around water;
- Refrigerating food immediately, throwing out
leftovers and carefully cleaning food preparation surfaces;
- Washing hands with soap and water before eating
and preparing food, after using the toilet and after changing nappies; and
- Ensuring that Christmas gifts, including bikes
and skateboards, are accompanied with protective equipment such as helmets and
In 2018-19 the
NSW Government is investing a record $22.9 billion in health, representing a
$1.1 billion increase over the 2017-18 Budget, including $19.2 billion towards
improving services in hospitals in NSW this year.
An investment of $759 million dollars for acute
patient services will fund an additional 40,000 emergency department
attendances in addition to 2.9 million already provided, and 3,200 elective
surgeries in addition to the 225,500 already provided.