Rockhampton seen as place to go

LOCAL residents are concerned that Gladstone Hospital has become a spoke in the wheel to the hub - Rockhampton.

Gladstone local Barbara Smith said if she had an injury that needed medical attention, the last thing she would do is go to Gladstone Hospital.

“My 93-year-old mum fell off her bed and broke her arm and the ambulance took her to the hospital,” Ms Smith said.

“The doctor told me that she had a broken arm and if it was a young person they would put a sling on it and send them home. He did the same with my mum. We went home after about three hours, mum was still in a lot of pain.”

Ms Smith said she phoned her mother’s GP who told her to get her mother to the Mater Hospital and she would see her there.

“The GP told me that her arm had a very bad break and that if it were a young person they would have to operate and do a whole reconstruction. Her arm was pulled out of the socket.

“The GP got advice from a very good specialist in Rockhampton and they decided that because of her age they would not operate. She passed away 10 days later from a blood clot caused from the broken arm.

“As far as I’m concerned it looks like the Gladstone Hospital can only handle band-aid cases,” she said.



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