Healthcare not worthy of city status
While I appreciate the new health campus being constructed in Karratha, I am frustrated as I sit here in a curled fashion and in pain, and the inability to secure a CT scan over the weekend and now not until Wednesday afternoon because, as advised this morning, this service has been fully booked up by visiting specialists.
Last Friday, I hurt my back and on Saturday morning could not walk without the use of a walking stick and in pain.
I had my wife take me to Nickol Bay Hospital emergency department.
And while the staff there were very professional, they could do no more than treat my pain because there was no capacity to do a CT Scan on the weekend.
I was sent home with a referral to get a CT Scan today, and then see my GP for follow-up.
And, as said, I was advised this morning that there is no capacity to deal with me until Wednesday.
It irks me that there is no weekend capacity in our local specialist health services, but it further irks me that the emergency department could not book the CT scan itself, which is reflective of ineffective and inefficient practices within the health system.
And there is no excuse for this given today’s technology.
And, it further irks me that because of political egos, we are now referred to as the City of Karratha.
There has been no improvement in services on the ground since this decision.
The first thing to occur with this new naming, was the stripping of public sector employee benefits.
Health Minister Roger Cook, I truly think it is time for you and your peers to step up to the mark and ensure that this City of Karratha is provided with all the services that is found within any normal city, or have the fortitude to rename/reclassify this so called city back to the regional Shire of Roebourne.