by S Lowe for 5THE FM’s newsonline wattlerangenow
Reedy Creek new father, Josh Hancock spoke to 5THE FM/wattlerangnow today about the Naracoorte GP’s contract and subsequent suspension of some services at the Naracoorte Hospital saying, the situation at the Naracoorte Hospital is just not fair. Country people are disadvantaged by these decisions. If you want to live in the country and you want to have a family, you have to pay to live elsewhere for weeks or months in the lead up to the birth. It’s not only the additional cost but the disruption to work and life in general and you can’t be in the comfort of your own home too he said. It’s rubbish. It wouldn’t be accepted in the city.
Josh and Madeline Hancock’s second son was born just weeks ago after an emergency detour to the Millicent Hospital. Beau was born minutes after they arrived. Millicent’s Dr James Bushell who answered their 4-00 am call, arrived at the hospital with only minutes to spare for the delivery. They were booked to deliver at the Mt Gambier Hospital, because obstetric services were stopped at the Millicent Hospital 2 years ago, but Madeline’s labour progressed unexpectedly and made reaching Mt Gambier in time to deliver – impossible.
“If it hadn’t been for Dr Bushell, we would have been in the same position many people are in now with services too far away to reach in time. More will be in the same position we were a few weeks ago,” Josh said today. “Naracoorte Hospital is the last hope for many people living in rural south east.”
Josh and Madeline’s story can be found on this link:-https://wattlerangenow.com.au/2015/08/02/baby-born-at-m…ergency-detour