Loss of hos­pi­tal ser­vices

Chinchilla News - - NEWS - — Ken Gil­mour Chinchilla

I AM con­cerned about the po­ten­tial loss of ser­vices at the Chinchilla Hos­pi­tal.

Ma­ter­nity ser­vices, and par­tic­u­larly the birthing ser­vice, has been on by­pass for four months now and has no fore­see­able re­open­ing time­frame.

With­out this ser­vice, it is likely that the op­er­at­ing theatre will also be closed.

This will lead to fewer med­i­cal staff trained and fa­mil­iar with man­ag­ing pa­tients with re­duced con­scious states such as oc­curs in more se­ri­ous ac­ci­dents or ill­nesses.

Doc­tors skilled in anaes­thet­ics and ob­stet­rics or nurses with sim­i­lar train­ing will not come to Chinchilla with­out this ser­vice op­por­tu­nity.

This de­ci­sion is there­fore about much more than just a birthing ser­vice.

Cost is a fac­tor but so is our com­mu­nity con­cern and I want com­mu­nity de­bate and in­put on this mat­ter.

The gov­ern­ment and its pub­lic ser­vice need to know we value and need the sup­port of our district hos­pi­tal.

Our com­mu­nity makes a huge con­tri­bu­tion to the state econ­omy and de­serves a well-staffed and equipped hos­pi­tal.

That means both staff and phys­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties.

Re­cruit­ment of suit­able num­bers of trained staff, mid­wives, gen­eral nurses and doc­tors is the cur­rent con­cern but at­tract­ing these de­pends on the fa­cil­ity be­ing op­er­a­tional.

I have worked with most of the cur­rent staff and they do a great job, of­ten go­ing be­yond the usual ex­pec­ta­tions of be­ing on call to main­tain the ser­vice.

This sit­u­a­tion is not sus­tain­able in the longer term and needs proac­tive man­age­ment to pre­vent fur­ther de­cline in ser­vices.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.