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Our daughter had a very bad
earache, a temperature, and was
We arrived at Mt Barker hospital
around 3am. There was no one at
the hospital, apart from a nurse.
Although she was nice, she could
only offer to maybe take a panadol
and come back tomorrow. Whilst
we got through, if the situation had
turned out to be more severe we
would have been in trouble.
Mt Barker needs a 24 hrs doctor.
A case for negligence could be
made should a situation occur
where someone turns up and there
is no doctor, as it is reasonably
foreseeable that someone who
turns up in the middle of the night
at a hospital will need a doctor.
Several years ago my husband
drove himself up to Mt Barker
hospital after having severe
It was late in the evening so no
doctors were open and the next
option was the hospital.
No doctors were available only
nurses who thought it was
appendicitis but couldn’t really say.
He was told to take some panadol
and go home or they could get an
No doctor was available to make an
A few hours later back at home we
had to call an ambulance to RAH
with an almost burst appendix in
need of emergency surgery!
Maybe if a doctor was available 24
hrs at Mt Barker he could have got
I came down with a very sudden
and bad case of mastitis late one
What started as a slight pain
in my breast at 9:30pm was
uncontrollable shivering and a
temperature of 40C by 11:30pm.
My baby was only seven weeks
old and still waking several times a
night so I still needed to be close to
her for feeds.
After calling Mt Barker hospital I
was told I could either drive down
to WCH or stay at home and see
a doctor the next day. I was in no
state to drive down to the other
side of the city, nor did I want to
disrupt my sleeping baby to have
her waiting at the WCH for how
long no one knows, for some
So I spent a very painful night at
home googling home remedies I
could use to get some relief until I
could see a doctor the next day.
I am due to have twins in April
so I'm hoping by then we have
adequate 24hr health care so I
never have to refer to Dr Google
PEOPLE’S HOSPITAL CONCERNS
The following is a selection of responses from Rebekha
Sharkie’s online petition.
The page was opened last Monday to assist the State
Government in understanding the level of community concern
about the health services currently on offer in the rapidly
growing community and more than 1300 people signed the
petition and left messages in the first 24 hours.
By Tom Staggard
Monsters, animals and a host of other
characters were brought to life on the
small screen by a group of school children
at The Hut Community Centre in Aldgate
last week when they were introduced to
the art of stop motion animation.
The school holiday sessions were held to
introduce children to animation and show them
how to bring their imaginative creations to life.
The claymation sessions involved children
creating plasticine figures, filming them using
mobile phone cameras and creating short
movies which were screened for group members
and parents at the end of the session.
Claymation is a technique where filmmakers
photograph models frame by frame, moving the
figures slightly in between each image.
The frames are stitched together to form
a movie, creating the illusion of motion and
bringing the characters to life.
Wallace and Gromit is one of the most
recognisable big screen examples of claymation.
Cameron Edser from GooRoo Animation
ran the sessions and said the idea was to give
children a taste of something they might not
necessarily have tried before.
“You can straight away see the kids’ faces
light up as soon as they walk into a workshop,”
“They see all the characters that I bring in
and all the different colored clay and their
imaginations just start running wild.”
“The parents too get a huge kick out of seeing
what their kids can create.”
One of those parents, Lyndal Chittleborough
of Bridgewater, said she was thrilled with the
final result of her daughter’s collaboration.
“It is just so cool to see what they have
created,” she said.
“This is exactly the sort of stuff that kids want
“Not only are they learning new skills but it’s
a creative thing that they can take home and do
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This wacky haired creature is just one of the
limitless characters that children and adults can
create and turn into a movie star.
RIGHT: Cameron Edser of GooRoo Animation
ran the session and taught the young participants
how to make their clay characters move on screen.
Claymation sets imaginations free
it frustrates me that we generally
drive past a perfectly good hospital
to take low acuity patients to the
Royal Adelaide Hospital when they
could easily be handed over at Mt
We can then return to service
quickly instead of the normal three
When our daughter was 2.5 years
of age she was bitten by a white tip
spider, her leg began to swell very
quickly, we arrived at Mt Barker
hospital to be told we needed to go
The staff were very friendly and
told me not to worry too much and
It was a very stressful drive to
Adelaide in the middle of night,
with the added stress of travelling
back and forth with a newborn
Our daughter was in hospital a few
days and we were told she was
at risk of losing her leg due to a
A very stressful event which was
made worse by having to travel
to Adelaide instead of having the
option of being treated locally.
I have been turned away from Mt
Barker hospital at night because
there was no doctor.
heart attack and I was asked "what
did you come here for, we don't
have a doctor?"
I then managed to get an
ambulance to take me to the RAH.
The second time I arrived at the
hospital was last September.
I was suffering from a wayward
kidney stone that hit me late at
Everyone knows what pain is
involved with that.
The nurses had to ring up a doctor
to get permission for a shot to help
The ambulance people then came
and refused to take me until the
doctor was contacted again for a
larger shot as I was suffering badly.
Then after the second shot I was
transported down to RAH where I
was there for a week.
Where is one supposed to go
when in pain or suffering a heart
attack but the hospital?
A hospital without a doctor ceases
to be a hospital it just becomes a
I had a car accident and the
ambulance people thought I might
have internal bleeding.
The nurse asked me if I would like
to see my GP tomorrow or they
could call someone in.
(Either way) I would have to wait
so I left in shock. When I saw my
doctor the next day I had the worse
case of whiplash he had ever seen.
I also had three crushed vertebrae
in my neck and a broken finger.
If you see a burst or leak on the
street, let us know!
Call us direct so we can respond quickly and reduce
the impact of bursts on customers.
During the summer months, we respond to an
increased number of bursts as the soils dry up and
the pipes in our network shift.
If your home or business is affected by a burst,
our Community Support Team will take care of you.
Call us on 1300 729 283.
We’re here to help
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