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October 19, 2021

Another unlucky Byron stroke victim

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Regarding your story on the treatment of stroke victim Paul Rea at Byron Central Hospital, Mr Rea is one of the lucky ones; not all strokes in Byron Shire turn out so well. My own experience was not so straightforward.

It was late afternoon before discovering what was wrong with me. The ambulance came promptly and delivered me to the hospital in Shirley Street – but that was where it all went wrong.

I was to be transported to Tweed Hospital; I said I wished to be sent to John Flynn. It seemed much time was lost before I was told that it was possible but I would have to wait for an ambulance to come down from Queensland.

So several hours were wasted in a very urgent situation. By the time I arrived at John Flynn, many hours later, the full symptoms of the stroke were evident. I spent one month in John Flynn trying to walk again.

I also have been fortunate in the treatment I received but others have not been so lucky.

Why can’t we be treated in Byron Bay and why could our own ambulance not have taken me to John Flynn? After all the Tweed Hospital is only across the border.

We have a brand new hospital with no operating theatre, inadequate emergency treatment for stroke victims and who knows who else will be in an emergency situation in the future.


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