Lack of equipment bugged patient



A GLADSTONE woman had a cockroach stuck in her ear over-night after Gladstone Hospital staff were unable to remove it.

Kerry Weinholz said while hospital staff did what they could to assist her, she was concerned that a major regional hospital did not have basic equipment.

She had to visit a local doctor to get the cockroach removed the following day.

"I had no idea what had gone in there.

"I was in agony, so I went to the hospital and could not believe they were unable to get it out,'' Kerry said.

"I think it's important that when they're budgeting for equipment they prioritise and make sure they've got the basics," Ms Weinholz said.

A Queensland Health spokesperson said while the hospital had a range of attachments used to dislodge foreign objects in a patient's ear, the cockroach had burrowed so far into the ear a specific device used by ear, nose and throat specialists was needed.

"It's a very delicate procedure and while the hospital can deal with 99 per cent of cases, this was one of the ones we did not have the attachment for,'' the spokesperson said.



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