More hospitals in Melbourne's west

More hospitals in Melbourne's west

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Meredith Crowhurst started this petition to Joanne Ryan, Member of Parliament and

With the massive growth in population in the western suburbs of Melbourne, there are not enough hospital resources to keep up with demand.

The Sunshine Hospital has seen a massive growth in baby deliveries, with emergency caesareans taking up theatres and bumping other surgeries off the list. Doctors are working long hours to get other patients, like orthopaedic cases, through the limited theatres left available.

The Sunshine Hospital sees many paediatric orthopaedic cases. My daughter broke her leg in January and arrived by ambulance at Sunshine Hospital. It was over 24 hours before she had theatre time to reduce her fracture and the doctor ended up doing it late at night to fit her in. It is not healthy for doctors to be working such long hours and operating late at night. She spent unnecessary days there fasting whilst awaiting a second surgery and kept getting bumped off the theatre list. Meanwhile, she was in a lot of pain. While on the ward, in the same room patients came and went and we witnessed a number of other patients complaining to doctors and nurses about their long waiting times to be treated. Everyone was frustrated. I believe my daughter's treatment and recovery was affected due to the delays in treatment and under-resourcing. Now in May, she is having her fracture repaired privately because it failed to heal and because her bone had shortened because of malalignment.

I picked up gastroenteritis after being in hospital with her for the whole time. I got sent off the kid's ward and down to emergency. It took five hours before I was seen and all the emergency beds were full.

Sunshine Hospital is over capacity. The nurses and doctors are working hard and do an excellent job. But there are not enough theatres and resources to keep up with the demand in the west.

Please look into the situation immediately and build another hospital in western Melbourne, especially one that can deal with paediatric patients and fractures more promptly.

 

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