Hospital update on Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews after fall

Australian Associated Press
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The Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has been moved out of intensive care after fracturing a vertebrae in a fall last week.

Mr Andrews slipped on wet stairs at a Mornington Peninsula holiday rental while getting ready for work Tuesday morning.

He fractured the T7 vertebrae in the middle of his spine and broke several ribs in the fall.

The Alfred Hospital has confirmed he will move from the intensive care unit into a ward on Saturday.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews addresses the media during a press conference at an Ambulance Victoria Station in Melbourne.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews addresses the media during a press conference at an Ambulance Victoria Station in Melbourne.

The director of the intensive care unit, Associate Professor Steve McGloughlin, said Mr Andrews was in good spirits.

"Mr Andrews is comfortable and doing well," he said.

Prof McGloughlin confirmed there are no plans to operate on the premier's injuries at this stage.

The premier released a statement thanking the team at Alfred Hospital for their care and professionalism.

Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews speaks to the media in Melbourne.
Doctors said Mr Andrews is 'comfortable and doing well'. Source: Getty Images

"Like all our health professionals, they are the best of Victoria" the statement said.

Mr Andrews could be off work for up to three months.

Mr Merlino, who has been deputy premier since 2014, is the acting premier.

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