HOSPITAL A REAL TEST OF PATIENTS
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