Another cockroach victim turned away
By KELLI DOWNEYkelli@gladstoneobserver.com.au
GAVIN Dare is amazed he had to wait 12 hours for a cock- roach to be removed from his ear after Gladstone Hospital staff were unable to perform the procedure.
The Gladstone resident has renewed pleas to better equip our public hospital after being the second person in as many weeks turned away because staff could not do an extraction.
Mr Dare went to Gladstone Hospital at 10pm last Satur- day after a cockroach flew into his ear.
A hospital doctor was able to kill the cockroach with castor oil, but was unable to remove it.
Instead Mr Dare was faced with the option of travelling to Rockhampton or waiting until a doctor's surgery opened on Monday.
He is the second local resident to be turned away from the hospital for removal of a foreign object in the ear canal within the past fortnight.
"It is annoying wondering why Gladstone does not have the equipment or staff to do this,'' Mr Dare said.
"Our politicians are always skiting about the money they are putting into hospitals but what I want to know is where is it?
"We are a town of about 27,000 people, an industrial town for that matter, and this should not be happening.
"Something needs to be done about this.''
Fortunately for Mr Dare, the dead cockroach was removed by Dr Otto Fehmers from Toolooa Family Practice on Sunday with the use of an auroscope and tweezers.
Gladstone Hospital medical superintendent Dr Ian Mottarelly said the hospital had everything it needed in terms of equipment.
Dr Mottarelly said in this instance the junior doctor was unable to remove the cockroach.
"Sometimes insects can be hard objects to remove,'' he said.
"We generally encourage a senior doctor to undertake this procedure.''
Dr Mottarelly said insects in ears were not uncommon, with numerous patients treated for this each year.
However, he said two incidents being recorded within a fortnight was uncommon.