Beleaguered Wollongong Hospital goes into 'circuit breaker' mode. Here's what that means ...

Kate McIlwain
Updated June 2 2022 - 8:42pm, first published 4:00pm
System overload: In a staff memo, local health chief Margot Mains outlined a "persistent and at times unprecedented cycle of events" keeping patients longer in hospital and beds full, and causing long wait times in the ED and ambulance bays.
System overload: In a staff memo, local health chief Margot Mains outlined a "persistent and at times unprecedented cycle of events" keeping patients longer in hospital and beds full, and causing long wait times in the ED and ambulance bays.

In a sign that the Illawarra's hospitals are at breaking point, the health district has imposed a "circuit breaker" period, as COVID, flu and staff shortages threaten to send the system into overload.

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Kate McIlwain

Kate McIlwain

Journalist

For more than a decade, I've helped the Illawarra Mercury set the news agenda across the region. Currently I'm the paper's health reporter - covering the stories of Illawarra workers and residents in the wake of a global pandemic and at a time where our health systems are stretched to the limit.

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