HOS­PI­TAL A REAL TEST OF PA­TIENTS

Sunday Tasmanian - - News -

UN­FOR­TU­NATELY our Royal Ho­bart Hos­pi­tal is in tat­ters and not func­tion­ing prop­erly.

I ur­gently trans­ported a per­son from Ta­roona to our emer­gency out­pa­tients. The per­son had been in ex­cru­ci­at­ing pain for more than an hour.

On ar­rival we waited at the triage re­cep­tion. The triage nurse asked lots of ques­tions. I said this per­son is in con­stant pain and must see a doc­tor now.

When the triage nurse was fin­ished we were in­structed to wait at the next win­dow. The clerk con­tin­ued with more ques­tions and pa­per­work. It seemed end­less.

Then we were told to sit down in a blue chair. There were sev­eral blue chairs and 10 or so empty red chairs for se­ri­ous pa­tients. We sat down for well over an hour be­fore any­thing hap­pened. Some pa­tients were wait­ing at the triage win­dow with­out any as­sis­tance for long pe­ri­ods of time.

No­body should ar­rive at emer­gency in pain and be with­out im­me­di­ate at­ten­tion.

Our hos­pi­tal se­ri­ously needs more beds. Some pa­tients need to stay overnight with on­go­ing care.

The tiny out­pa­tients wait­ing room lit­er­ally has “no room to swing a cat’’. Park­ing only caters for two or three cars and al­lows a mere five min­utes’ park­ing time.

The op­er­a­tion, am­bi­ence and de­sign of our out­pa­tients is a sham­bles. Surely we can do bet­ter than that. Wayne McDon­ald Ta­roona

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