Patients sick of transfers out of area
Residents want to be treated closer to home
MT DRUITT residents want their hospital to serve the community, rather than send patients away to other facilities.
Christina Markou’s recent experiences in the medical system have convinced her of the need to upgrade Mt Druitt Hospital.
Ms Markou’s father Nicholas Markou, 68, suffered a stroke in May but wasn’t able to be seen at Mt Druitt Hospital.
Instead, he was taken to Nepean Hospital where he spent more than a month.
Ms Markou, of Dharruk, who has a disability from an injury, had to travel to Penrith to visit him every day.
After spending weeks going to Nepean Hospital, she signed her father out and took him home.
“Every week they said they said they would transfer him to Mt Druitt for rehabilitation, and they said it was declining him,” Ms Markou said.
“It was very frustrating having to go to a hospital not near home.
“It was very expensive because you have to pay just to get into the carpark and petrol to go back and forth.”
Mr Markou said he preferred going to Mt Druitt Hospital because it was closer for his daughter to visit.
“The Government shouldn’t be wasting the money on things that aren’t important and they should start putting the money into health,” Mr Markou said.
Ms Markou said Mt Druitt staff were “brilliant” years ago when her father was admitted for a heart bypass.
“Mt Druitt needs to be back up and running as a
full hospital,” she insisted.
Mt Druitt state Labor MP Edmond Atalla said Mt Druitt Hospital should be upgraded to reduce the burden on other hospitals.
“People come (to Mt Druitt Hospital) emergency department who need to be hospitalised and have to be transferred to another hospital,” Mr Atalla said.
“That’s adding pressure on Nepean and Blacktown hospitals.”
Katie Hibbs, 24, of Mt Druitt, has type one diabetes and was taken to Mt Druitt Hospital with diabetic ketoacidosis on Australia Day.
She said that after five hours waiting at Mt Druitt Hospital, an ambulance officer arrived and told her she was being taken to Blacktown Hospital.
Ms Hibbs said she preferred her local hospital.
“When I first got diagnosed with diabetes (Mt Druitt Hospital) was really good,” Ms Hibbs said. “Now doctors don’t communicate and they don’t have the wards to treat people.”
Mr Atalla said Mt Druitt used to have 200 beds available but was down to around 100. He said the rooms and infrastructure were there, so returning it to full service wasn’t impossible.
People come (to Mt Druitt Hospital) emergency department who need to be hospitalised and have to be transferred to another hospital
Christina Markou is caring for her father, Nicholas Markou, at their home in Dharruk.