Nambour General Hospital
Nambour General Hospital Kari Bourne

YOUR SAY: Don't knock Queensland Health's great care

I HAVE  listened to people knock Australia's health system for many years and while I never joined in with them, I didn't put up an argument against their rants either.

And for that, I wish to make amends. I can only speak of Queensland Health, but strongly suspect what I have experienced in Queensland also prevails in other States.

In 2012, I had my left leg amputated below the knee after a vascular graft, performed at Sunshine Coast Private Hospital, went wrong.

The stump was a problem from day one with splits and slow healing, and after two years odd of this, a small split turned septic and I was rushed to Nambour General Hospital Emergency.

With sepsis setting in and my 78 year old body shutting down rapidly, the doctors at Nambour called the family in, told them truthfully what they were up against and what they were going to do to try and save me. I had been sedated and was out of it so knew nothing.

Amputation of the stump, right up to the hip followed and I was kept sedated and medicated in an Intensive care capsule for the next week.

When they brought me out of it, I was ready to pack it in.

Never felt so dreadfully ill in my life, but the brilliant Doctors and Nurses at Nambour wouldn't have any of that.

One nurse, after I had told her rudely to "Go away and let me die" said to me, "The only place we're letting you go to is home for Xmas, drink this."

There's no doubt in my mind that Nurses are Angels in disguise.

All the nurses at Nambour were wonderful, but I must make special mention of Tracey and Nicole. Those two wonderful young ladies were more determined than I, that I was going to get well.

When I started to come good and take notice of my surroundings, I found I had some 8 or 9 wires, and 4 or 5 tubes, in and on my body which found I had other problems with things like Kidneys that they then addressed.

For the next 10 days or so, I was put through countless XRays, Ultrasounds, and other tests with visits from at least 5 Doctors/Specialists a day. The part that really got to me was that I could clearly see, each and every one of the Doctors really cared.

When all seemed to be under control, a huge, cricket ball sized Hematoma on the calf of my remaining leg came out of the blue. The Doctors and wound nurses discussed it openly in front of me and agreed on a course of action.

To cut a longish story short, I spent Xmas at home with a loving family, thankful to be alive and often thinking of my stay at Nambour General.

The equipment in that Public Hospital is amazing. Technology is now a major player in medical care.

But the part that stands out is that the Doctors and Nurses of Queensland Health, not only have this great equipment to work with, but they know how to use the technologies to best advantage for the patient.

I've travelled over 1.5 million miles around and around the world in my working life and have seen other country's like the USA and UK's Healthcare systems in practice, generally being told how the USA's is the best.

What a load of trash. The USA would not even run a bad second to Queensland Health, which I believe is as good or better than anything like it in the world.

To all staff at Nambour General Hospital, I thank you deeply and wish you all the very best of everything for 2015 and beyond.

Jack Rodios
Pelican Waters


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