GPs saved lives in 'thunderstorm asthma' event

GPs have been praised for their role in preventing more deaths from 'thunderstorm asthma' that took the lives of four people in Victoria earlier this week.

Emergency medicine specialists say GPs stepped in to treat many patients during the unprecedented event that led hundreds of patients in the Melbourne area to seek emergency treatment for respiratory symptoms.

The large-scale increase in patients with respiratory distress was likely caused by a sudden and massive spike in pollen levels caused by a storm that swept Victoria on Monday, according to respiratory specialists.

Dr Kristin