"Poor relationship between allied health and paediatric surgeons"
About: The Townsville Hospital The Townsville Hospital Douglas 4817
Posted by jellen17 (as ),
As our child is medically complex, we spend a lot of time in different areas of the hospital. Overall, I am happy with how holistic the care has been. Most of our care providers communicate our child's progress with one another, and keep their records up to date so handover is always smooth. However, this always seems to fall short with surgical clinics.
It sometimes seems that my child's surgeon may not care what is going on with my child or what progress has been made- but I feel like at least a quick flick through the notes would make the appointment run smoother. During today's appointments the surgeon told me my child was gaining too much weight, and that whatever another department was doing they were clearly doing wrong. The surgeon said we need to do more to stop my child from gaining weight. If they had taken the time to ask, they would know that we see senior allied health staff weekly, my child is on next to no calories, is getting tested for hyperthyroidism and that my child's diet consumes most of my time every day.
This is not the first time the surgeon has insinuated that another department at TTH aren't doing their job. Sad to see a member of the TTH team putting down other health professionals.