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

Kate McIlwain
By Kate McIlwain
Updated June 2 2022 - 10:42am, first published 6:00am
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 the past 11 years, I've helped the Illawarra Mercury set the news agenda across the region. In that time I've covered breaking news, education, politics, urban affairs, council, environment, data journalism and development news. More recently, I became the paper's health reporter - covering the stories of Illawarra workers and residents two years into a global pandemic and at a time where our health systems are stretched to the limit.

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