OPINION: Public health system is not failing

I CANNOT understand why Mr Roberts feels he is not getting the support he needs for illnesses.

More than 20 years ago I had to give up my passion of a stable of show horses and riding after an accident.

NSW medical treated me well enough. Move to Queensland for work.

Then about 10 years ago, and after a second time being hospitalised, I was diagnosed with Crohn's and diverticulitis.

I was so ill they were going to medivac me out to Brisbane.

Then my journey began, not by helicopter, but as quickly.

Gladstone Hospital, in the middle of the night, got in touch with a gastroenterologist in Germany to read my reports.

All done by blood tests and MRIs done at Gladstone Hospital. Then later that same night, as a patient with another gastroenterologist at Royal Brisbane. All on the same night. And a week in hospital.

Since then I have regular blood tests, Tele Health video link ups through Rockhampton Hospital (which they also have in Gladstone now) either three monthly or six monthly.

Have only ever had to wait a few weeks for any necessary hospital visits. Immediately if required. The support I have had is incredible. Even have a specialist I can ring if I am not feeling well.

On top of that I have needed two shoulder reconstructions, and a carpal tunnel fixed.

Again with only a few weeks wait. All under the public system.

Nurses, doctors and all the specialists have treated me with nothing but respect and dignity. And a great GP.

Robyn Comber

Ambrose



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