|An unexpected drop-in on my way to church
||[Oct. 7th, 2007|09:49 pm]
(I meant to write this up yesterday, but I came home, dropped onto the bed and dozed off)|
The church I attend, Fox Valley, also runs a private hospital. Well... this weekend as I was walking there I heard a roaring noise that made me think someone was using an acetalyne torch nearby. Drawing nearer I found the congregation standing around outside the church.
There, in front of the hospital, was the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.
Now some of you might be asking "A rescue chopper at a hospital - what's the big deal?"
The big deal is that our private hospital does NOT have any helo pad, and was never designed to accomodate them. The chopper pilot had managed to land on the front lawn, between the church, multi-storey car park and hospital building on a very windy day. The situation must have been very dire indeed.
The district's main public health centre, the North Shore Hospital, has been at the centre of much media attention for being unable to handle the volume of emergencies. There have been reports of incoming patients left unattended in the casualty foyer.
Now I could be entirely wrong, but this helicopter event might be one more indication of how seriously underfunded our health system has become.