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I have read some of document. If it were to work as well as they say which I am not convinced about, it would mean that ambulance people will have a lot more responsibility to ensure you get sent to the right hospital and that certain conditions will be treated more quickly which will have a better outcome for the patient. They say they are going to have these specialist hospitals that treat certain conditions for example stroke and they will provide 24/7 senior specialist care which presumably means they don't currently do that. The advantage of this is if you are treated within an hour for a stroke then you can expect a full recovery whereas currently hospitals don't necessarily have the senior specialists 24/7. (I was suprised to read this actually.)
The concern that I have is that they don't consider the importance on the wellbeing of patients if their families aren't able to visit as much as they could if they lived nearby. That it would mean that there will be more work for the nurses to do like feed patients and monitor them a lot more. Whenever I have had family in hospital I used to be there to feed them and to assist them with personal care and also to translate for them. Patients tend to feel less stressed & disoriented when they have a family friendly face near them. I think people get better quicker when they are less stressed too and I don't think they take this into account.
Another problem I can see is that if you don't call an ambulance and just turn up at a hospital, then most people won't know what hospital is the right one to go to - to get the right treatment. (I suppose for most serious issues then most people would call an ambulance - but you can get caught out because some illnesses that present as a flu could end up being more serious). Anyway I guess I care about this because a few family members have been in hospital and I think that if they received the right care that their quality of life would have been better.
If anyone wants to read the document and provide feedback then SA Health has said they are interested in feedback by 27-2-15. Really encourage you to have your say as this is important for our state.
Last edited by Toni; 07-02-2015 at 02:30 AM.
I had to go to flinders from an appointment this afternoon. My car is too big for their multi-storey so I have to look for the spaces on the street outside. It was PACKED. I had to do three loops before getting a space. On walking past the car park I saw that the car park was actually full, so everyone had no choice but to look for spaces outside.
How on earth are they going to deal with more patients when they don't have enough parking already? Crazy.
Is a mummy!
Blossom,my thoughts exactly,often i have to take hubby to park up as we have often ended up the hill and with having asthma hot weather for me is just not feasible.
The parking situation is already appalling,dont know what they are thinking .
There weren't even spaces up there. Crazy.
Is a mummy!
Please keep an eye on this situation, the health department were talking of scaling down the casualty dept and consolidating it with Flinders.
Ridiculous !! Flinders is another 15 minutes away and the population is growing!
Lots of Facebook pages /petitions.
They may be reconsidering but lut us keep the health department and government on it's toes!!!
I read about this a while back and thought it was a bit short sighted of them. As to what will happen, who knows. Perhaps petitions will help.
Apparently, many of the 50,000 people that use the Emergency Department (ED) each year will be expected to cross the road to the GP Plus building. The rest would go elsewhere, probably to places like Flinders with no extra parks / facilities added to cope.
That said, this doesn't seem to be set in stone with ABC reporting that Health Minister Jack Snelling has already said he's listened and might reconsider.
Let's hope reason prevails. For a change lol!
In the meantime I aim to sign every relevant petition I come across!
"Knowledge shrinks as wisdom grows." Alfred North Whitehead
I did wonder if the opening of the expressway perhaps made someone think they could send more serious cases via that route from down south so bypassing the hospital at Noarlunga. There are still the people further down south who need access within a reasonable timeframe to a proper ER.
Having said that, I don't think living 45 minutes under blue light from an ER/A&E is unusual. Its about how far we were in the UK when living rural. Even the walk in emergency clinic was about a 20-25 minute drive for us. But in a built up suburban area like this, with facilities evenly spread out, to try to do away with a working ER that covers those southern suburbs further out and scale it back like this seems pretty daft.