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Hospitalʼs “absolutely necessary” changes
Craigmore Family Practice doctor Vikas
Jasoria, said a 24/7 orthopaedic trauma
surgery service at Lyell McEwin Hospital is
"For many years, the service hasn't been at the
level we would like it to be," he said.
"From my understanding, they are expanding
their outpatient service, too.
"There's a lot of people with hip replacements
or reconstruction of their knee that are not
being seen by orthopaedic surgeons because
the waiting time is up to five years, so we as
doctors are hoping that by having this service,
it will reduce that wait list."
Dr Jasoria said that in the time spent waiting
for surgery, patients can develop serious
physical and mental health problems.
"People who need surgery are in pain
everyday, they are unable to walk properly
and have had to quit their jobs awaiting the
surgery," he said.
"So it's not just a case of their surgery being
delayed; their surgery has been delayed, so
they have to stop work and then they have no
money and when they have no money they
can't provide for their families.
"Also, while you're waiting, your mobility
goes down, your weight sometimes will go up
because you're not as active and when your
weight goes up your risk of heart attack and
He added that he, along with other local
doctors, are always calling for services to be
made available locally so that waiting lists fall
and health problems are reduced.
The state's Health Minister Jack Snelling
said, currently, orthopaedic surgery patients
presenting on Fridays wait, on average, around
150 hours for their surgery.
"Under the new model, most patients will
receive their surgery within 24 hours," he said.
"Modbury Hospital will become the elective
surgery centre for the north and north-eastern
area, carrying out around 1800 more elective
procedures, including scopes, a year.
"Emergency and complex surgery will be
focused to Lyell McEwin Hospital, including
a comprehensive 24/7 orthopaedic trauma
surgery service, providing faster access to
The realignment of services is expected to
begin in 2016 and will include engagement
with staff and the community.
AROUND-the-clock emergency orthopaedic care will be available at the Lyell McEwin Hospital following an adjustment to the state government's Delivering Transforming
Lyell McEwin Hospital's emergency department
nurse, Kelly Jack, described the role as
emotionally, physically and mentally draining, at
times, but, overall, incredibly rewarding.
"It's very versatile being an ED nurse," she said.
"It's very stressful; you have to always be alert and
aware situations can change really quickly.
"But when you have that really sick person and
things start to improve, that is what makes the job
The 27-year-old senior nurse knew the emergency
department was where she wanted to work from her
very first nursing placement.
"The quick nature of it is what I like; you don't
know who is going to walk through the door, you
don't know what situation you're going to be up
for," she said.
"We go from calming down aggressive patients, to
counselling family members and patients that are
really unwell, we also work with new mums and
patients with injury and educate them on how to
care for themselves when they leave the hospital.
"There's a lot of emotional aspects and it can be
exhausting at times."
While Miss Jack confirmed that a lot of the
emergency rooms on television are dramatised, she
said there are days where she feels like she is in one
of those episodes.
"You deal with so many different situations and
people that, it can feel like that sometimes," she
"If you're on an afternoon shift, you can come
in at 1pm and hit the ground running -- you'll be
crazy--busy assessing patients and resuscitating
patients until 9pm.
"Somebody can become very ill very quickly and
you have to use your skills to fix whatever is going
Miss Jack accredits her love for her job to her
"It can be a harrowing job, but the staff are all very
supportive here, so even if it is a bad day, you don't
mind coming to work because you're surrounded
by good people," she said.
"You work closely with doctors, physiotherapists
and volunteers and you all come together and work
as a team."
Even though quiet days are rare in her department,
Miss Jacks recommends emergency to aspiring
nurses as it is a fast-paced area where you use a lot
of different skills.
Last Thursday, when Miss
Stansborough visited the hospital for
the first time since the upgrade was
completed in August, she noted that
the new facility has "no room for
wheelchairs at all".
"It's just very hard to sit anywhere
because you have to sit in front of
chairs where other patients are meant to
sit, there is no room for wheelchairs at
all in the outpatient waiting area," she
"It makes me feel really awful because
I don't like being in people's way.
"There needs to be more wheelchair
When allocated a hospital room, Miss
Stansborough said she struggled to fit
her wheelchair through the door.
"I am not kidding...it is very small,
compared to what it was," she said.
"There is no room to move the
wheelchair around; I couldn't even
turn around in there, I had to come
out backwards -- that's so
"It was so much better before
the upgrade -- the rooms were a lot
better and the waiting area was a
lot better -- you could actually
fit wheelchairs in there."
Miss Stansborough, who
has cerebral palsy, epilepsy,
scoliosis and has previously
had a hip replacement, has to
regularly visit the hospital and
wonders why the hospital
upgraded the facility.
"I don't understand why they
changed it, to be honest," she
"I would like to see more
room for wheelchairs and
-- that's what we need."
Northern Adelaide Local Health
Network's chief executive Jackie
Hanson told The Bunyip that the
redeveloped outpatient department at
Lyell McEwin Hospital complies with
all requirements of the Building Code
of Australia and related Australian
"Lyell McEwin Hospital has not
received any patient complaints
regarding this matter, however we will
investigate these claims," she said.
LAST week, The Bunyip reported that
Playford Council approved $100,000
worth of residential development last
However, the value of the residential
development approved in the 2014/15
year was $100,000,000.
EMERGENCY department nurses never know what they will face on a day-to-day basis,
but, today, on International Emergency Nurses Day, they are being celebrated.
Celebrating our nurses
Lyell McEwin Hospitalʼs senior
emergency department nurse,
Kelly Jack, said her role within
the hospital, while sometimes
stressful, is very rewarding.
PHOTO: Kimberley Pratt
Wheelchair user Rebecca Stansborough
is unhappy with Lyell McEwin Hospitalʼs
upgraded outpatient area.
PHOTO: Kimberley Pratt
MANOEUVRING around the Lyell McEwin Hospital's upgraded
outpatient facility has proved "really difficult" for wheelchair-bound
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