Alan Tristram reports: ‘This week we had a medical emergency which saw my wife Helen whisked to Wellington Hospital in an ambulance and then cared for in the busy Emergency Department for some six hours.
Luckily, it turned out that she hadn’t suffered a heart attack and all was well.
Why am I telling you this? Because the care and attention she got was magnificent.
The Wellington Free Ambulance teams are beyond first rate. But you probably know this already.
Grace under pressure
And the busy Emergency Department is admirable. What you get are nurses, doctors, and ancillary staff working quietly and efficiently with patients who are usually occupying every available cubicle.
But thank God we don’t live in the US, where medicos start charging as soon as, or before, you are put in an ambulance.
In Wellington, I’ve been in the Emergency Department several times before — and now it’s improved.
Money going into the system
Why? Because we’ve got a Government that is pouring money into the health system — and it shows.
My prayer is that we don’t get a Government ( you know who) that is really devoted to private, not public, health care.
Return to the future?
For the patients who shared the Emergency Department with us last Tuesday night — many of them Pacifika — this would mean a return to third-class care.