"Concerns about recent medical care."
Posted by Follow-up care (as ),
Up until 2 1/4 years ago I and my late husband were well looked after medically by a team of private doctors in a remote northern town plus good services from ambulance and local hospital. Our son, who also lived in that town, was well advised, receiving good attention. We all were treated in a friendly, professional and caring way.
Following my husband’s death, I decided to start afresh in another area which was partly chosen because of perceived medical services available. It seems that “drive-in doctors” do not have the same rapport as local ones we previously experienced. Also, when I asked for advice on which specialist to consult regarding a genetic condition which had previously been successfully treated with surgery but had now reappeared many years later, the GP did not know who I could contact and did not offer to find a suitable surgeon. If I wanted help I had to find a surgeon in Perth myself.
Following a bad accident which damaged facial bones, ribs and knees, I was attended at the emergency centre at Geraldton. Following that I reported to the local GP who did not offer any advice regarding further checks or treatment other than X-ray of knees and ribs. I was informed ribs not broken but fractures would not show on X-ray. No other advice was given regarding on-going care.
My son’s medical situation involves surgical and pathology exploration. He relies on local GP to refer for follow-up pathology. As he told me “it seems that the government hospital uses Pathwest for pathology services and local doctors use St. John of God which is only a collection agency for certain tests. A lot of specialists will only use St. J. of G. making it difficult for patients to follow through with all required tests.