More than 100,000 people were referred to the Northern Balwyn physiotherapists for care after a coronavirus outbreak, including a 16-year-old boy who died on a plane.
The Northern Balewys are the only health professional in the country that offer respite care to people in the hardest-hit areas of Perth, including the city’s south-west and north-east.
Mr Prahran said the number of referrals to the clinic had tripled since the coronavid outbreak began.
“We had some patients who we thought were going to be the ones to have the worst outcome,” he said.
“But then we had some that had no symptoms at all.”
Mr Praman said the patients were given oxygen and sedatives, but many were also given pain relief.
“They’re in the intensive care unit and they’ve had their oxygen tubes taken out, they’ve been on pain killers, they’re in isolation for days,” he added.
“It’s really challenging for us.”
Mr Padian said the most common problem patients had been dealing with was a fear of being infected with the coronivirus.
“People are just terrified to come into the clinic,” he told ABC Radio Perth.
“Some of them have had no friends in years, they don’t know anyone they can turn to.”
The Northern Prahras said they were already working with people who had been diagnosed with the virus, but Mr Prahris said it would be too difficult to treat everyone in the clinic.
“That’s why we need to be really compassionate and make sure they’re able to get the care they need,” he explained.
“If they can’t get the treatment they need, they’ll need to go home.”
Mr Tumilj, the father of a 12-year of-old who was diagnosed with COVID-19, said the hospital had been overwhelmed.
“I’ve just been waiting for the day to come,” he says.
“When they say you’ll be released, it means they’re going to give you the treatment you need.”
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