"Waiting for a bed"

About: Perth Children's Hospital

(as a parent/guardian),

My child has Cystic Fibrosis. My child recently became unwell and required hospital admission for treatment. We had to wait 16 days to get a bed. Then when my child was finally admitted, management put pressure on the Respiratory Team to get us out of the hospital.

They were willing to place my child on a medication that my child's own Consultant didn’t want them on, just to get us out by the weekend. This pressure got to me and the nurses supported me in staying. Over the weekend it seemed to me that they had lowered staff numbers and over the weekend there were always two rooms empty. 

Health care is not 9-5. Cystic Fibrosis doesn’t take so much as a minute off, let alone a weekend. It seems to me that the hospital is being run like a business and not a 24/7 healthcare facility and I feel people could die from this. Something needs to be done ASAP to end this thinking and start running it 24/7 with full staff and full rooms when needed. 

Responses

Response from Aresh Anwar, Chief Executive, Child and Adolescent Health Service

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Dear StressedMum76,

Thank you for your feedback. I was both sorry and concerned to hear your feedback. I have forwarded this to the head of department to get a better understanding of events and pressures and will provide an update once I have further details. In the meantime please don't hesitate to contact me directly via Aresh.Anwar@health.wa.gov.au or on 6456 3277.

Kind regards

Dr Aresh Anwar
Chief Executive
Child and Adolescent Health Service

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