Christina Larmer, Goonengerry
I had inexplicable, crippling neck pain last week and nothing could alleviate the agony, so I promptly rang my local GP in Bangalow for an appointment and was told I could not get in for more than a week. Huh?
‘But I’m in pain right now,’ I replied only to be told, ‘Sorry, try elsewhere.’
Feeling a little miffed after 20 years of loyalty to the surgery, I then rang a series of other local surgeries including two in Mullum, one in Tintenbar and one in Byron Bay – all with similar responses. Their only solution: head to hospital.
This was a Tuesday morning at 10am. Not even peak tourist or flu season. I didn’t think we were supposed to ‘clog up’ the emergency department. Luckily the Byron Bay Hospital promptly took me in, administered pain relief and got me through with gentle and attentive care.