"Tonsillectomy wait for children"
About: Bunbury Hospital Bunbury Hospital Bunbury 6230
Posted by stillwaiting (as ),
I phoned South West Health Campus (formerly Bunbury Regional Hospital) about my child who is on the 12 month wait-list for a tonsillectomy (for persistent tonsillitis) and adenoid removal. Being nearly 10 months on the list (plus at my wits end as they have tonsillitis again), I called the hospital to see how the wait-list was tracking, to be told the surgeons are only doing tonsillectomies once a month now and the wait is now 18 months - 2 years! Turns out Busselton Hospital no longer does Tonsillectomies too - so Bunbury is packed to the rafters. Calls to the ENT (ear, nose and throat specialist) office have fallen on deaf ears - I felt like the people answering the phone could hardly contain their contempt for my query on the phone.
The ladies at the wait-list department were very helpful and sympathetic to my frustrations, however I (and it seems no one else on the tonsil wait list) were notified of such change. If I'd known, I'd have made alternative arrangements.
The rate of 18 months - 2 years to get tonsils out is ridiculous. My young child is on antibiotics constantly - at what point does persistent tonsillitis become a priority? How can there be constant concerns about creating super-bugs when people are forced to be on antibiotics for years before having these procedures done? The medicine doesn't work anymore. My child has spent most of their short life on medicine, miserable, terrified of doctors and spending much of their life curled up in bed. I know tonsils rate very low on the scale, however I can't understate just how devastating this constant illness is for a child's overall health and mental well-being. Don't get me started on the financial toll this has taken on our family too.
Very disappointed at the incredible wait-lists at SWHC, particularly for children.