"Babies bed taken up by Adults"
About: Bunbury Hospital Bunbury Hospital Bunbury 6230
Posted by one concerned mummy (as ),
My baby was booked into Bunbury Regional Hospital to have an MRI done. My baby needed to be admitted as they required sedation. We were due to be at the Paediatric Ward by a particular time in the morning, as my baby was being sedated and they needed to be up early for a feed, so they could be fasted for long enough before our appointment time.
An hour before we were due to arrive at the Paediatric Ward they called to cancel my baby's MRI, due to there not being enough beds.
After asking a few probing questions it turned out that the reason there were no beds for my baby to have their MRI carried out was because there were adults using the beds in the Paediatric Ward.
I understand this is standard practice for Bunbury Regional Hospital to fill up the Paediatric Ward with adults. I find it concerning that adults are being placed on a secure ward. What’s the point of a secure ward when you’re putting random adults on the ward (who you don’t know, if they pose a safety risk to our children!)
When I raised that concern to the caller (I think may have been a receptionist), I felt it was dismissed as ridiculous?!
As we have private health insurance I requested could we possibly still have my baby's MRI done, but via the private hospital, I was told that it wasn’t an option, I asked why and was told - we just don’t do it that way.
I am also concerned that the Short Stay Ward in ED wasn’t being used at the time due to budget cuts and lack of resources.
Our doctor's receptionist tried to re-book another MRI for my baby the following week, but unfortunately due to other commitments we couldn’t take that appointment. That was almost two months ago and we still haven’t got an MRI appointment booked.
My baby has some complex medical issues and we have had many appointments at PMH and private hospitals in Perth and never have we come across this with those hospitals.