Virginia Black, Byron Bay
On calling my friend in Ballina recently, I discovered she was having an asthma attack. Living on her own, with no family in the area, I rang an ambulance for her. It was sent from Lismore, and within the hour she was delivered to the Ballina Hospital. But nothing else happened, apart from a sandwich and a weak cup of tea. She waited five hours to get some relief; at the age of 90 this was a very sad state of affairs.
There were no emergencies until late afternoon, so what went wrong? Or is this normal for a parochial hospital? I suggest to the people of Ballina and Byron – go straight to Queensland.