What you don’t know about what happened at the Saint Anthony Hospital is the fact that the men who died there last week were not from Melbourne.
They were from the Victorian capital.
The six men who were treated at the hospital, including two who had recently returned from Afghanistan, were not members of the royal family, and did not work for the Royal Melbourne Hospital, as some media outlets have claimed.
The hospital was set up in 1887 by the former Governor-General John Curtin and was built by the Victorian Government.
It has a total capacity of around 7,000 patients, but the men were treated in separate wards and it is not clear how many of them were treated with drugs.
Dr Helen Kavanagh, the head of paediatrics at the Royal Victoria Hospital, said the men had been referred to the hospital as a “priority group”.
“They were discharged as a group,” she said.
“There is a history of this sort of thing occurring.”
She said the hospital’s “proactive monitoring” programme had been in place since May and that the hospital would be providing more intensive care to the six men.
“These six men, as well as two other men who have had their treatment at the Prince Edward Hospital, were discharged to the intensive care unit on Friday night,” Dr Kavanah said.
The men who survived their arrival at the emergency ward in St Vincent’s Hospital were identified as Andrew, 30, of Wollongong; Michael, 23, of Melbourne; Michaela, 22, of the Gold Coast; James, 21, of Port Macquarie; and Ryan, 19, of Sydney.
The ABC understands that all six of the men are in intensive care.
Dr Kavanag said the six died of cardiac arrest.
“They all had cardiac arrest but some had multiple injuries and some had other injuries that they are not entirely clear on,” she told 7.30.
“We don’t have the exact details of the heart rate but we do know that there was cardiac arrest and they had cardiac rhythm abnormalities.”
So we are aware of what happened, we are looking into the medical history and the course of the operation.
“She says the men have been given “all the appropriate resuscitation and treatment”.”
There are still two days to go before we go back into the intensive intensive care room, which will be our first observation,” she added.
The death of the six patients is the second in the Melbourne area in less than a week.
Earlier on Friday, the Queensland Government said two men died in a house fire in Queensland’s northern city of Mildura, which police believe was set by a man who was on the lookout for drugs.
The cause of death was not immediately known.
Police believe the two men were on drugs and a vehicle, and the fire broke out at about 9.30pm on Friday.
Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the fire to contact them.
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