Paramedics on call at train stations to curb emergency delays

Published 23rd June, 2014 in Health, Transport

Paramedics are set to be based at busy Sydney train stations in a move set to ease delays caused by sick passengers.

Ambulance signage on side of Ambulance vehicle
Ambulance signage on side of Ambulance vehicle

Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian said 30% of delays on Sydney train services are caused by seriously ill passengers boarding trains despite requiring immediate medical attention. A team of 14 paramedics is now in place at 14 busy train stations in the morning and afternoon peak periods, to respond to medical emergencies.

The new paramedics will rotate through:

  • Town Hall,
  • Wynyard,
  • Redfern,
  • Parramatta,
  • Lidcombe,
  • Epping,
  • Strathfield,
  • Sydenham,
  • Hornsby,
  • Chatswood,
  • Glenfield,
  • Blacktown,
  • Bankstown, and
  • Wolli Creek stations.

“By providing a team of paramedics at key Sydney stations – we can quickly provide medical treatment to a sick or injured customer and get trains moving again”, Ms Berejiklian said.

Life-saving defibrillators have also been rolled out onto a number of busy Sydney train platforms.

Image courtesy of Ambulance NSW

Published 23rd June, 2014 in Health, Transport