"Patient Assisted Transport"
About: Fiona Stanley Hospital Fiona Stanley Hospital Murdoch 6150 Kalgoorlie Health Campus Kalgoorlie Health Campus Kalgoorlie 6430 Patient Assisted Travel Scheme - WACHS Goldfields Patient Assisted Travel Scheme - WACHS Goldfields Kalgoorlie 6430
Posted by Kal Boulder resident (as ),
Hi, I have just experienced something I would not wish upon anyone.
I was recently admitted for kidney stone issues and requested to go home with pain relief. The pain grew so the following evening I returned and was admitted to hospital where I stayed for a number of days.
I was released with the nurse saying maybe I have passed the stones while I was in the ward. Wishful thinking as by the next morning I could not walk, I was sweating and felt more pain than I can describe. My vomiting and condition had once again deteriorated.
I was flown by Flying Doctors to Perth and admitted into Fiona Stanley where I was made to wait in the waiting reception. By this time I was peeing pure blood I was moved and admitted to a ward at midnight.
I woke the next day and it was explained I would require a stent to relieve pressure from my kidneys as they had begun to transition into failure. The operating team and nurses on the first day where awesome. I woke the next day and then my nightmare began - I was asked, do I have any money in which I replied no not as such - I only had a cash card with about $100 on it as I left my bigger cards at home concerned to take them to hospital. The lady who asked went away and returned and said they will book me a train to return home that night. I asked about a plane and was told by the lady there where no flights available that day. It was now a further two days on - a week since it began. I was feeling disoriented and weak and peeing blood every few hours and fell asleep at 13.00. I woke and was told that they where going to book me into accommodation and was told I would take the train home the next day as no trains where running that evening.
I jumped immediately onto my phone and saw flights to Kal for 240 dollars on Qantas or Virgin leaving that day. I then looked at the train and noticed it was cancelled and a bus was going to be replacing the service.
I was supplied the number to call PATS office in Kalgoorlie and requested a flight - and told them that I was needing to urinate every few hours and blood was still coming out. They told me it was at the request of Fiona Stanley Hospital that I would not receive a flight and ended the call quickly. I was upset and feeling very weak.
I cursed myself for not having simply brought my bank card.
I left the hospital and was taken by cab to a student pub where I was told the music will stop at midnight. The music was so loud and all doof doof doof that I could not watch the TV. I had a shared toilet in which to try to control my new stent as it gushed its red substance every few hours.
I fell asleep after midnight due to being in accommodation by PATS Kalgoorlie in a student pub. I then had to wake at 5.30, I caught a cab over to the train station and used the remainder of my money to do this - I now could not buy lunch or even a drink. I filled my water bottle from a drinking fountain and boarded the bus back to Kalgoorlie.
I then had an 8.5 hour trip on a bus -having to wee every few hours. I felt embarrassed as the shaking on the bus left the front of my shorts stained red with pee and blood. I had no money for food or drinks along the way. I walked back to Kal Hospital and drove home.
I couldn't imagine anyone going through what I experienced. It was an embarrassing and painful experience.
Remember to take your bank cards everyone .
And understand you need to look after yourself, as I believe PATS don't care for you, they torture you.