Bypass adds to labour pains for family
URSULA Keating’s fourth bub was on his way but, with the Chinchilla Hospital’s labour ward on bypass to Dalby Hospital, the family was about to face some unexpected complications.
When Mrs Keating’s water broke on the evening of Tuesday, March 13, her husband Steven drove her straight to Chinchilla Hospital.
She was then taken by transported via ambulance to Dalby hospital, while her husband drove behind.
Upon arrival, staff at Dalby told her that the baby would have to be induced.
When signing the consent form for the inducement, Mrs Keating read one of the risks associated was an emergency caesarean.
“I thought we’re not going there,” she said. “And that’s exactly what ended up happening.”
The labour process sped up to the point the baby was in distress and Mrs Keating had to have an emergency caesarean.
With no window to see into the theatre, Mr Keating stood waiting for news of his wife and unborn child.
He then heard his new son cry – baby Andrew James Keating had been born.
Longing for the comfort of home, Mrs Keating went home on the Saturday afternoon, against the advice of staff.
The couple made a formal complaint to the hospital and are pushing for a review into the situation where Chinchilla Hospital’s labour ward is on bypass to Dalby.