New obstetrician makes his mark at Gladstone Hospital
THERE'S a new obstetrician in town, and he has already changed the lives of expectant mothers he hasn't yet met.
For the past four months, if a woman had previously had a caesarean birth, she was not able to give birth naturally at Gladstone Hospital.
But now with the skills of Dr Simon Tyrrell, an English expat, the hospital has dumped that policy.
"I love my job. My working visa arrived last Thursday, and I began at the hospital on the Friday," he said.
"I'm passionate about streamlining the maternity services and working together to deliver the best result for all of our mothers."
Dr Tyrrell is as delighted as his patients that he has already been able to affect a change in hospital policy.
"It absolutely matters that I deliver the best service, to the best of my ability, all of the time to all of my patients," he said.
"This means eliminating any differences between the services available to public and private patients."
Approaching her third trimester, mum Emily Burtt was ecstatic to hear the news.
Just weeks ago, Mrs Burtt was briefed by Gladstone Hospital staff; told she would not be able to give birth locally.
"This is excellent," she said.
"They told us we would have to go to Rockhampton or Bundaberg to deliver our baby.
"We have older children who need looking after too. We were faced with leaving town for several weeks."
Mrs Burtt is pregnant with her fourth child, and said her wish for her upcoming birth was simple.
"In all of my other pregnancies I've had a lot of intervention," she said.
"(This time) I just want to have as natural a birth as possible. To be able to do that (it looked like) I needed to uproot my entire family for a few weeks.
"It would've been at a huge financial cost to my family and it would've interrupted my other children's routines."