Robyn Smith is not impressed with the services at the Gladstone Base Hospital.
Robyn Smith is not impressed with the services at the Gladstone Base Hospital.

Robyn isn't happy with hospital

THE constant issues with Queensland Health and the services of the Gladstone Base Hospital continue to grow.

Yesterday The Observer reported on the problems that doctors and nurses have with the hospital. However, a number of issues are also impacting and affecting patients.

Robyn Smith has had to use the Gladstone Base Hospital on a number of occasions and unfortunately on each of those occasions she has not been impressed. “I injured my back and was admitted into the hospital,” Ms Smith said.

“I needed to stay overnight and they just put me in a bed and left me there. They didn’t come to check on me or offer me pain killers or anything. They left me lying there for several hours and then gave me vallum and sent me home.”

The next time Ms Smith used the hospital services was when she had an accident and broke her hip and femur. “I was left for long periods of time in the emergency area in the same bed all night until arrangements were made by my daughter for me to fly to Brisbane” Ms Smith said.

“Basically the staff doesn’t appear to care too much and the morale seems really bad. They seem to just stand around the desk all night chatting about their social life and boyfriends or husbands.

District chief executive officer for Central Queensland Health Service District, Dr Coralee Barker, said last week Gladstone Hospital was extensively audited by four independent surveyors.

“Initial indications were that the four surveyors were impressed with services, awarding an Extensive Achievement (EA) rating,” she said.



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