Equipment shortage delays op 4 times

2012-01-23 07:53

Johannesburg - A woman who is trying to get a painful incisional hernia repaired has had her surgery postponed four times by the Helen Joseph Hospital because of a lack of equipment, The Star reported on Monday.

Maria Robertson was first told there was no oxygen in theatre and her surgery was postponed.

On a second occasion, she told there was no sterile equipment. And on a third occasion she was told there was no ICU bed.

When Robertson, 52, was placed under anaesthetic and wheeled to a surgical ward last Thursday, she hoped she would wake up to find the bulge gone but that was not to be.

This time, doctors realised they had no mesh pad to continue with the operation.

She is scheduled to return to the hospital next month. For now she will continue to live with the bulge, often mistaken for pregnancy. She spends most of her days indoors to avoid being asked if she is pregnant.

"If it wasn't painful, I wouldn't go back. I don't have money to go to a private hospital. It is so painful, we had to move house so we can get a house with a shower because getting into a bathtub is a mission," Robertson said.

The provincial department was not available to comment when contacted by the newspaper.

  • Ian - 2012-01-23 08:15

    yip, you dont have medical aid in this place, you suffer

      Warmonger - 2012-01-23 08:46

      With medical aid you suffer (HEFTY monthly payments...) But rather the devil you 'know'

      Ian - 2012-01-23 08:57

      I would rather pay the hefty monthly payments that sit in pain in a public dunghole waiting to get treated, last time I was in hospital (netcare) I got immideate assistance while the admin staff did all the medical aid authorisation stuff which btw was immideate, thanks have a nice day

      chanchan - 2012-01-23 09:15

      wonder how the free medical aid scheme is going to work for the ANC ....

      Squeegee - 2012-01-23 09:39

      Imagine if all parlimentarians had to send their kids to public schools, use state health facilities and were not allowed to use private security companies. Do you think there would be an improvement in education, health and crime?

  • tbomelamsomi - 2012-01-23 08:19

    wonder what impact NHI will have on private this a tatse of things to come.

  • Showerhead Zooma - 2012-01-23 08:23

    Sorry my sister, we can't afford the equipment. My friend who is in charge of such things had a choice: Million rand Mercedes Benz and 10 million rand mansion, or 500 thousand rand Mercedes Benz and 3 million rand mansion + extra equipment for the hospital. ...He chose the former. I think he was right too, because we need to uphold the image of our ministers and the country. And please don't complain about it, you effectively voted for him. Yours truly, Showerhead Zooma

      Warmonger - 2012-01-23 08:52

      Too True!! Those who complain the hardest now where those who voted 'Yes' with the most conviction. Disillusionment is a bastard. AND, things will only get worse seeing that "they" will rule till the end of time.....

      ruimteseerower - 2012-01-23 09:31

      have you ever though that some people are just poor and battle to make ends meet,stop thinking of others with your wallet,rather say thankyou LORD for today you you assisted me please assisit those in need.

  • Larry - 2012-01-23 08:26

    Everything seems to be turning to Sh*t under the "Management" by the ANC. No food for Patients in Limpopo, no Equipment for the Hospitals and a Congolese Brain surgeon who got his degree from a Cornflakes Box.

      Showerhead Zooma - 2012-01-23 08:30

      I predict that Bananas will be a hot commodity this year.

      ruimteseerower - 2012-01-23 09:33

      our new rulers snap craccle and pop ,assisted by cocopops and transported by ricecrispies

  • Mel - 2012-01-23 08:31

    Excuse the pun but what a sick country you live in.

  • Newsreader - 2012-01-23 08:43

    Let the voters 'saffa' I could not care less. I work hard and earn good money so I can afford private care. The rest of the voters deserve what they have! F*kkol!!!

      ruimteseerower - 2012-01-23 09:36

      pasop jou popo kop maybe you end up in the same bote someday ,but then inside your there is probably F*kkol!!!

      Newsreader - 2012-01-23 10:06

      ruimteseerower - KB! Kry vir Jou, ek stem nie ANC nie!!!

  • Mel - 2012-01-23 08:47

    "Pride commeth before a fall" Shhh newsreader you're life will probaly go downhill now, it won't happen overnight but it will happen.

      Newsreader - 2012-01-23 09:10

      It's lekker here eh!! Pap and gravy for free!!! Just vote ANC!

  • Lynn - 2012-01-23 08:53

    My husband had a Motorcycle accident on 13 Jan. His ankle was cut open to the bone. A paramedic on his way home stopped at the scene of the accident and kindly bandaged it up and told my husband to go to a hospital and have it stitched. When my husband got to the first hospital he was told they no longer had an emergency/trauma unit. He then went to another hospital who told him there was no doctor on the premises so he would have to wait until one could be called. He eventually left after a very long wait as no-one came. We do not have a medical aid. The next day he phoned another hospital and was told that before anyone would see him he had to go to a clinic and get a referral letter. He did this and then went to the hospital and was finally stitched up. On 15 Jan he developed chicken pox. On Sat 22 Jan his temperature shot sky high and his ankle looked to be infected. Yesterday we phoned two hospitals including the one where he had the stitches done and told them what was going on. They both refused to allow him to come for help as he must once again first get a referral. So he must this morning go and sit in a clinic with chicken pox and get a referral before he can be taken to hospital. Bearing in mind that chicken pox is highly contagious and the clinic will be full of un-vaccinated babies and possibly pregnant women. Can someone please explain the logic of this procedure.

      Lynn - 2012-01-23 09:14

      I just want to add that the doctor whom we spoke to yesterday acknowledged that in all likelihood he had an infection and that chickenpox is very dangerous for adults but insisted that this is the procedure and there is nothing we can do about it. When asked what happens if he dies as a result of the fever she just kept quiet. No concern. I wish we could afford medical aid. I think it is disgusting that these people who are supposed to care do not. There was a time when being a nurse or a doctor was a calling. No longer true. We are now too poor to get sick. We must pay taxes because it is a crime if we don't but what are we as citizens of this country getting back for being so good as to work and pay tax so that the elite can have the best of everything. Wouldn't it be great if our taxes were actually spent on improving the lives of the people instead of wasting the money on parties and shadow planes.

      stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-01-23 09:33

      There is no logic. If you don't know by now that you visit a state hospital at your own risk, you will never know.

      Lynn - 2012-01-23 11:31

      My husband has now sat at the clinic all morning. He has developed septacemia and it has spread to his lungs. Now he must be transferred to a hospital in an ambulance. There was an ambulance at the clinic but it had another patient in it and because my husbands chicken pox is so contagious he could not be sent in that ambulance he must now wait for another ambulance. But he has now sat in that clinic all morning and it was ok to expose countless people to him. Go figure. I hope that no babies are infected as a result of this stupidity

      TJ - 2012-01-23 13:17

      Hey Art. Best of luck for both you and your husband. I had chicken pox last year and it is not fun to get it as an adult. I got it internally as well and was left with what the doctor called Gastric Erosion that still gives me pain and discomfort. Your husband has my full sympathy. Having the problem with his foot doesn't make it any easier. You are both in our prayers.

      Lynn - 2012-01-23 22:39

      @TJ and Janine. Thank you.

  • Anakin - 2012-01-23 09:23

    With the ANC (African National Crises) in charge there's always money for parties & festivities except for the things that REALLY MATTER. Saying 'important sounding stuff' doesn't help to alleviate poverty, doesn't create jobs, doesn't improve the education system [why is the blackboard with crayons still there? How about modernizing things a bit. How about fixing the broken classrooms? What about next year, who is going to "storm" the university?) There are so many things that need URGENT FIXING, but the govt.(ANC) just don't care. Rather waste money on escorting the presidential plane on jaunts, to show how important you are (really??). It's going to get to the point where you might as well commit suicide than trying to get an oparation done at a state hospital, where panado is all they can give you as a painkiller. So, WHAT are they going to do, and WHEN, to improve the situation?! Oh,sorry, I forgot, they have the mess in Limpopo to deal with, but oh wait, first another 100-yr party at another venue in the country,for themselves only. As long as there's going to be AA EE BEE BBEE BBBEE the corruption and handouts will continue while the infrastructure slides backwards with the pockets of non-service delivery increasing all the time. Lastly, if there is a power outage at any public hospital do they actually HAVE diesel for the generators and ARE ALL the generator equipment FUNCTIONAL? I bet NO. What a sick joke our govt has become.

      Lynn - 2012-01-23 09:34

      At the hospital where my husband eventually had his ankle stitched they were unable to do an X-ray to see whether the ankle was fractured as they had no electricity.

  • Mel - 2012-01-23 09:29

    Move to Australia art, Oz has an excellent health system and people do care. You will love living there, you don't need guns or bars on windows and doors. It's not called the lucky country for nothing.

      rod.buchan - 2012-01-23 09:58

      Hey Mel i was just going to say the same thing & you beat me to it!Ha!Ha!I'm surprised theirs still any civilised people still there as i thought they would have got the message by now & should have got out by now!!!!!

  • ludlowdj - 2012-01-23 09:35

    All those people who prior to the first democratic elections laughed at those predicting food, power, fuel shortages etc, are now laughing out the other side of their faces, every single prediction has come true, just not in the expected timeline. The ANC led government has been so badly plundered the country is fairly much bankrupt.

      rod.buchan - 2012-01-23 10:02

      It might pay to re/write your posting Ludlowdj as you realY Stuffed that one up! It's the A.N.C. that are the plundering scum bags right!?

  • natasha.fukuchi - 2012-01-23 10:36

    And the government wants us to accept being forced onto a National Health Insurance plan when they cannot provide the hospitals with necessary equipment and medication on a daily basis? Forget it, I'll rather pay a couple thousand rand more on my medical aid than leave my life or that of my child's in the governments care.

      Sithando - 2012-01-23 11:41

      Exactly, the reason to afford necessary equipments and medication is nothing but all of us putting money in the health basket,NHI.

  • Shirley - 2012-01-23 12:08

    It should be mandatory for ALL government officials to use state hospitals,afterall they maintain there are just a few hospitals that have "problems". Then you will see how quickly they are fixed!

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