Ons moet die omstandighede by die hospitale verander

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John McDonel skryf: 
Die behandeling wat ek by die Potchefstroom Hospitaal gekry het is vir my regtig onaanvaarbaar. Ek het op 12 September net so na twaalf uur die middag my ma na Potchefstroom Hospitaal se ongevalle-afdeling geneem vir behandeling.
Sy is behandel vir die probleem en die dokter het gevra dat sy geobserveer word, maar tot my verbasing het my ma by ongevalle gebly tot die volgende dag na 13:00. Teen daardie tyd het ons nog steeds gewag vir ‘n bed.
Van die personeel by die hospitaal het gesê dat daar niks is wat hulle kan doen nie, want dit gaan al so aan by die hospitaal vir ‘n geruime tyd.

‘n Foto van John McDonel se ma in Potchefstroom Hospitaal. Foto: Verskaf

‘n Foto van John McDonel se ma in Potchefstroom Hospitaal. Foto: Verskaf

Wat my bekommerd maak is die omstandighede wat my ma moes deurmaak, deur die nag in die hospitaal te sit sonder ‘n bed.
Ek vra nederig wat kan gedoen word om hierdie omstandighede by die hospitale te verander.
* Modiri Mompati, spokesperson for the Potchefstroom Hospital answers: A patient matching the description arrived at the hospital on 12 September. The patient was attended to in less than five minutes after arrival to be stabilized and observed prior to admission to avoid cardiac arrest that is irreversible.
The cross border patients compromise the Referral Policy as they bypass their nearest facilities and come straight to Potchefstroom Hospital for healthcare services.
On that day, all 335 hospital beds were occupied and a team of specialists had to prioritise patients for discharges and referrals to other hospitals (Ventersdorp and Nic Bodenstein), hence the delay in admitting other patients. This exercise did not by any chance compromise patient care at all.
As a hospital, there are policies that we adhere to and that has to be brought to the attention of the community.
It is illegal for those coming to the hospital to take photographs, especially in the Emergency Department because it compromises other patients’ privacy and the family need to know that it is highly unacceptable and should be discouraged. This is where our community media comes in to enlighten our community.
As Potchefstroom Hospital, we are being guided by legislative mandates and therefore we really urge the entire community to respect policies and procedures that are in place.
That is the correct and factual information from the hospital.

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