Praise for hos­pi­tal sys­tem

The West Australian - - NEWS - Cathy O’Leary

While many pa­tients wait months for non-ur­gent surgery, Nom­mie Wade has only praise for the pub­lic hos­pi­tal sys­tem that saved her life and that of her un­born baby.

When the 37-year-old had a stroke two months ago, seven weeks into her first preg­nancy, staff at St John of God Pub­lic Hos­pi­tal Mid­land and Sir Charles Gaird­ner Hos­pi­tal swung into ac­tion.

“By the time my part­ner rushed me to hos­pi­tal in Mid­land I was non-re­spon­sive and couldn’t speak or move the right side of my body, and they did a scan and re­alised there was clot at the back of my head,” Ms Wade said.

“I was rushed to the stroke unit at Char­lies and taken straight into the­atre, and the next minute I was wak­ing up in re­cov­ery.

“I didn’t know what they had done but was told they had re­moved the clot through my wrist rather than my groin to pro­tect my baby. They did ev­ery­thing they could to prevent any dam­age to my baby.”

As a keen foot­ball player plagued by in­juries, Matthew Crom­melin es­ti­mates he has dodged about $20,000 in med­i­cal bills in the past 10 years.

The 30-year-old said his ba­sic sin­gles health in­sur­ance pol­icy had al­lowed him to get prompt treat­ment with the same sur­geon who knew his his­tory of knee in­juries.

Since 2007, Mr Crom­melin has torn his an­te­rior cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment three times, need­ing three op­er­a­tions, in­clud­ing a re­con­struc­tion on each leg.

The first two surg­eries were per­formed at Mount Hos­pi­tal and the third at St John of God Su­bi­aco. His only out-of-pocket ex­penses had been about $500 for an anaes­the­sia bill and up­grade to a pri­vate room. Pic­tures: Ian Munro

Nom­mie Wade had a stroke early in preg­nancy.

Matthew Crom­melin

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