"Sent away from Sunshine Hospital without investigation into daughter's symptoms"

About: Sunshine Hospital The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne

(as a parent/guardian),

Out of the blue my 18 month old daughter stopped walking and would not stand up anymore. I took her to Sunshine Hospital on two separate occasions within days of each other. After they finished, in my opinion not so subtlety accusing me of injuring my own daughter they did what appeared to be a general examination and determined that she either did not want to walk or that she possibly had osteomyelitis. They did no actual tests and sent me home again stating that it would be 'unlikely' that she had the latter. Even though she had the right symptoms for that diagnosis they did not investigate.

After visiting the GP the following day I was urged to take my daughter instead to the Royal Children's Hospital as the GP felt there was something very wrong. We were admitted within a few hours on arriving there where they did bloods, a nuclear medicine bone scan and determined she had Sacroiliitis. She was there for 2 weeks on IV antibiotics and had months of arthritis testing, outpatient clinics and meds.

I am still upset that staff at the Sunshine Hospital did no investigation when they suspected it was something serious. I believe my daughter endured days more of pain because of their unwillingness to really look at the problem.

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