"My recent experience with the health of my baby."
About: Kalbarri Health Centre Kalbarri Health Centre Kalbarri 6536
Posted by Pebbles (as ),
Recently my baby woke around 4am struggling to breathe. I drove my baby straight up to the Medical Centre only to realise nobody was there.
I pressed the button to call the on-call nurse but the call got cut off. I then pressed the button again and got on to someone from Health Direct only to be cut off again as I was trying to explain my situation. I pressed the button once again and got another person at Health Direct. I told them I had just phoned and that my call had got cut off. The person took my mobile number this time, in case it cut off again and I explained once more my situation. This person told me she thought my baby sounded like they had Croup and after that the call cut off for the third time! All the while I am standing out on my own at 4. 30 in the morning freezing, wind howling, holding my baby in the Kalbarri Health Centre carpark!
As I was heading back to my car my mobile rang and it was the last person I was speaking to from Health Direct who told me that I should get to my nearest hospital immediately and proceeded to give me the address of the Geraldton Regional Hospital an hour and a half away! ! I didn't feel it would be safe for me to be on my own driving to Geraldton with a baby that's not breathing normally at that time of the morning, in case my baby got worse somewhere between Kalbarri and Geraldton.
I went home and looked up information on what to do for Croup, gave my baby a warm shower with lots of steam and some essential oils to help their breathing after that they fell asleep. I monitored my baby's breathing, using mother's intuition, which at times got me close to wanting to call the ambulance.
At 8 am the Medical Centre was open and I went there straight away the nurse was amazing and my baby was diagnosed with Croup/stridor and was given a dose of steroids and a nebuliser with adrenaline. I was lucky things turned out ok but I don't know what would've happened had my situation been a lot worse. It gives me a constant uneasy feeling with the Health Centre no longer being open 24hrs. It seems like we are going backwards!