HEALTH CONCERN: The private hospital closure has left Ann Taylor wondering what will happen the next time she needs to be admitted. Photo Tessa Mapstone / South Burnett Times
HEALTH CONCERN: The private hospital closure has left Ann Taylor wondering what will happen the next time she needs to be admitted. Photo Tessa Mapstone / South Burnett Times Tessa Mapstone

Why we need the private hospital

THE news of the closure of the South Burnett Private Hospital has left Kingaroy resident Ann Taylor dismayed.

Mrs Taylor has been admitted to the hospital several times as a result of a debilitating bowel disease.

"Using this facility has saved costs and trauma of being transported away from the area and my own doctor, family and friends," she said.

The nature of Mrs Taylor's condition means she needs her own room with a private bathroom during hospital stays for her own recovery and the sake of other patients.

On the occasions when Mrs Taylor was admitted to the public hospital, she received kind care but was left distressed.

"They do not know the intricate details of your medical condition often until they have performed many tests and consultations which have previously been completed in the private system," she said.

"It's time consuming and often very distressing for a very ill patient."

Less than two weeks ago Mrs Taylor's 87-year-old mother was taken to the public hospital by ambulance because crews are no longer able to take patients to the private hospital for emergency treatment.

"The attention in the emergency department was quick and caring but the workload on their staff was extraordinary and was obviously becoming greater by the number of patients waiting to be attended to in the waiting area," she said.

"It was markedly noticeable that the emergency department at the hospital is far too small for the demand."

Mrs Taylor has written to Nanango MP Deb Frecklington and Mayor Wayne Kratzmann about the closure in the hope there is some way to keep the hospital open.

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