About: Busselton Health Campus / Emergency Department Busselton Health Campus Emergency Department Busselton 6280
Posted by Could be better (as ),
I presented to ED with my child who, in my opinion, met criteria for Covid testing on the day of lockdown in Perth. I was triaged by a staff member who appeared to have a bad cold but said, don’t worry it’s not Covid. Their manager I believe, was also there and was friendly and very helpful.
I explained that my partner is newly diagnosed with Cancer and was due to have surgery the following week so asked if it was possible to have the test fast tracked. The manager indicated that it was possible and I thought asked the clinician to complete the paperwork.
We were asked reasonably to wait in our car. Some time later we were phoned twice for more details (ie asked for the same details twice). At that time my child needed to use the toilet and we were told if we lived close by to go home and use the toilet as we still had a wait ahead of us. Later, I did see an individual who had presented for a test in front of us had to relieve themselves in the bushes.
We then waited another 2 hours (2 1/2 hours in total) I returned a call to the number who had called me only to be connected to reception who refused to put me through to the ED because I was not a Dr and not with a patient inside the ED. I called the Covid Number on the sign and could not get through as it was busy.
It was now nearly 4 hours since we presented and we have not had any contact and have no idea if/when we might be seen. We have chosen to leave and quarantine my child at home as we think we’ve probably been forgotten.
Besides the manager, all the staff we dealt with were, I felt, very abrupt. The clinician said that it was quite a process to complete the paperwork to fast track results and I felt their manner indicated to me that they really weren’t interested.
I have no issue with waiting for testing when the ED is busy, which it obviously was. But feel there was a complete lack of communication and compassion. This presentation has added unnecessary stress to a very difficult time for our family. I hope that you can use this feedback to make some positive changes as I feel it wouldn’t take much to make this a better experience.