My baby was diagnosed with Hips dysplasia at 8wks. The visiting Paed wanted to refer us to Perth but I asked to have the follow up ultrasound done in karratha where we were. At 11wks we had another ultrasound and same diagnosis. The next paed appointment was with a different Dr and they too wanted to send us to Perth. I was advised to wait for the Perth hospital to contact me.
I was under the impression that we had an orthopaedic Dr that visits our hospital. So why wasn’t I being referred to them or to the physio at the hospital who, I believe, can fit the harness.
At 16wks I went to my local gp who was, I believe, shocked by the run around and referred me to the visiting orthopaedic Dr. Over the phone the Dr looked at my baby's ultrasound and said they needed to be in a harness ASAP and referred me to the physio at the hospital who a few days later fitted my baby with a harness.
Hips dysplasia are in my family, I knew what needed to be done but I believe the lack of communication to the visiting Paed delayed our treatment.
I felt, the permanent Paed that we had knew the system and, I believe, would have fitted my baby at 8wks. But now we have a random Dr that, I feel, does not know what the hospital has to offer.
To make matters, I feel, more ridiculous, I received a message at the time of writing this story from a hospital in Perth saying that we had an appointment that day for an ultrasound. An appointment I could not make as we are about a 16hrs drive away. There was no notice given. Imagine if I wasn’t proactive in getting this sorted then received that message.
I understand hips dysplasia is very common and for people living in the Pilbara going to Perth for treatment that can be treated here is, I believe, absolutely absurd.
I felt the physio was amazing in giving me the right advice and who to contact to get the ball rolling.
"Lack of communication throughout the hospital"
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