PERTH’S smoke haze forced the diversion of ambulances from the emergency department at St John of God Midland last Wednesday.
They were diverted to nearest hospitals Royal Perth and Princess Margaret between 10am and 12.30pm.
The Midland hospital’s chief executive, Glen Power, said smoke from the prescribed burn-offs had affected a small number of staff and patients.
The staff were treated and sent home when OK.
Mostly the smoke had exacerbated existing conditions.
“Due to recent controlled burning in the Hills region, residual smoke settled around St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospitals and the Midland area,” Dr Power said.
“This has been an intermittent issue for the past several days, with mornings and evenings more smoke-affected than at other times.
“The residual smoke was significantly worse than previous days and a small number of patients and employees were affected.
“We monitored the situation and took all precautionary measures.”