Page 839 - Week 03 - Wednesday, 9 March 2005

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his arm was broken. After arriving at the emergency department, we were seen by the Triage nurse straight away. The triage nurse felt there was a need to wait to see a doctor and asked my son and I to wait in the waiting area. After approx. 20 minutes the doctor called our name and took us straight to the x-ray chairs to assess my sons arm.

The doctor assessed the arm and recommended an x-ray. We were then asked to wait where we were for the radiographer to take the x-ray.

The radiographer apologised to us for having to wait so long, mind you we were only waiting 20 mins which was such a short time.

I have never in my life had such a wonderful experience at The Canberra Hospital. The Nurse that dressed my sons fractured arm also gave him a toy for being such a brave little boy, which of course was just an extra nice thing to do.

After the horrible things the opposition has to say about the state of the health system and in particular The Canberra Hospital, I would like to say that I have been a frequent visitor to the Emergency Department at The Canberra Hospital with my eldest son since his birth and this was by far the best experience I have had.

I would like to pass on my thanks to the staff of the emergency department for what was obviously a very well-handled case and I would like to commend the views of this constituent to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 6.28 pm.

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