A call has gone out on social media for people to share their experiences of travelling from Bundaberg to Brisbane for medical treatment.
People with stories to tell are asked to message Gary Hondow, who writes: “Anyone interested in being involved in a video interview with wbhhs to give a consumer’s perspective on what the benefits of having a new hospital with more services built in Bundaberg? Wanting elderly and people forced to travel regularly.”
Several people have already volunteered to assist.
Carmen Prendergast writes: “I used to live in the Bundaberg region, I used to be travelling four hours to see a thoracic specialist at the Prince Alfred Hospital in Brisbane, eight-hour round trip and most of the time it was a 9-9.30 appointment. Being unwell the trip took a lot out of me, I'd sleep for two days afterwards. Having a specialist in Bundaberg would greatly improve the quality of patients' lives.”
Online petition launched
Mayor Jack Dempsey last year launched a petition asking the State Government to commit funds for a new Level 5 hospital in Bundaberg.
Mayor Dempsey said the Government should build a new hospital, instead of refurbishing the current facility.
“Medical staff and patients deserve the best-possible conditions in a modern-state-of-the-art hospital,” he said.
The online petition currently has 1144 signatures and can still be signed.
If people would like to share their experiences with Bundaberg Now we'll pass them onto the Mayor for him to raise with the Minister for Health.
In January, the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Board reassured the community the $3 million business case for a new or significantly refurbished Bundaberg Hospital was pressing ahead as planned.
Board Chair Peta Jamieson said the business case was currently being finalised, after Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service received the funding and undertook a comprehensive consultation and development process throughout 2018.