Patient criticises Yeppoon Hospital staffing levels
From The Capricorn Coast Mirror
WHILE Yeppoon Hospital is taking some mighty strides in providing the optimum level of service for the community, Deborah Bishenden believes it still has a long way to go.
The Yeppoon resident said the Capricorn Coast Hospital and Health Service at Yeppoon was a well-designed and fully equipped facility but lacked sufficient staff.
"I have observed medical rooms that are not in use and we have a fully equipped gym and radiography facility with no one to man it," Ms Bishenden said.
"Yeppoon residents have a fundamental right to adequate health care without having to travel to Rockhampton when we have the facility right here on the Coast.
"I contacted Member for Keppel Bruce Young in 2013 about the lack of staffing, who advised me the health board had formed a partnership to provide full-time medical cover at our hospital for the next three years - and yet that does not appear to have happened.
"In March this year, I needed medical assistance and was distressed to discover patients in hospital gowns walking to transportation through the car park to be transferred to the Mater Hospital for X-rays.
"Surely, in the middle of winter, this is inappropriate when we have a perfectly good radiology unit.
"And the same goes for our fully equipped gym.
"Why should patients have to travel all the way to Rockhampton for rehabilitation services?
"I have the greatest respect for the hard-working staff at the hospital but would like to call on the State Government to do something about more staff, so we can enjoy full services at our hospital."
Member for Keppel Bruce Young said the Capricorn Coast Hospital and Health Service has had the equivalent of 4.3 full-time doctors on 7-10 day rosters since 2013.
"We now have a new arrangement that provides the equivalent of six full-time doctors, with Dr Tim Curry in the position of deputy medical superintendent," Mr Young said.
"Two months ago, our medical imaging unit went to public tender, so we are hoping to have the radiology and extra services up and running at the facility by August.
"We are currently addressing other allied health services, beginning with the pharmacy.
"The hospital is also currently in the process of sourcing permanent staff in two new, full-time positions that will start in the next few weeks."
Mr Young said a new fortnightly paediatric service was now operational.