An elderly Hastings woman says the ambulance service wouldn’t pick her up, despite suffering from serious gall bladder problem, because the hospital was full.
The woman, who declines to be named for fear of what might happen if she gets ill again, said she had no other way of getting treatment and had to wait a day for her sister to get her to her GP. Despite a subsequent referral letter and alarming test results the emergency department at Hawkes Bay Hospital then tried to send her home.
It was not until she threatened to go to the media that she was given the treatment she required.
This event took place during the water contamination scandal that struck down hundreds of Hawkes Bay residents last year. On three occasions the situation got so bad the hospital was full to capacity and could take no new patients.