An injured Adelaide grandmother has been forced to commute between hospitals in a taxi cab with a broken pelvis.
Helen Watson, 94, broke her pelvis in two places earlier this week and was taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) for treatment where she was ramped for two and a half hours in severe pain.
Helen’s granddaughter Melanie Lavis said the care her grandmother received while at the RAH was great but on Monday evening, Helen was forced to sit upright – despite her injuries –for about half an hour while she was transferred to Modbury Hospital in a taxi. She was not accompanied by any medical staff.
“I think it’s horrible, something had to change […] The whole thing just doesn’t sit right,” Ms Lavis told 9News.
South Australian Health Minister Chris Picton said he reviewed the report of the incident made by SA Health and that an ambulance wasn’t used to transfer Helen because medical staff didn’t think it was necessary.
“That was a decision made by the clinicians, doctors and nurses based on their assessment of the patient,” he said.
But Ms Lavis said medical staff were aware of the severe pain her grandmother was feeling and wouldn’t have transferred her this way if more ambulances were available.
Opposition Spokesperson Ashton Hurn said this is a result of the State’s worsening ramping crisis.
“South Australians are sick and tired of the excuses, they want the Government to roll up their sleeves and deliver what they promised,” she said.