‘Extremely high demand’: Melbourne ambulances delayed for non-critical patients

Melburnians who are not critically ill are experiencing delays in ambulances reaching them on Monday night, after calls for help from less seriously ill people spiked.

An Ambulance Victoria spokeswoman said while the most urgent and critically unwell patients would be seen in a timely manner, "it is likely there will be a delay in an ambulance reaching you" if you are not seriously sick.

She said it was vital the community kept triple zero for emergencies only.

"Ambulance Victoria is experiencing an extremely high demand for ambulances in the metropolitan region," the spokeswoman said on Monday evening.

"There are delays for Code 2 and 3 patients, who may require assistance but do not have a life threatening illness.

"Our number one priority is to provide care to the sickest Victorians who require lifesaving assistance."

If it is not an emergency, Ambulance Victoria said Melbourne residents could contact Nurse On Call at 1300 60 60 24, or visit their local GP.

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