Be Warned St Vincent’s Public Hospital is one of the worst in the system. NSW Ambulance also needs a review. They make accusations that are not true and they do not look up their records. They suggest you call the ambulance on a regular basis. I can tell you from my own experience I have only called an ambulance once in my 59 years of life . On other occasions it has been the advice line from medicare or the Nurse from the HCF home Doctor visit service.
This is because I was suffering from serious loss of speech, lack of breath, trembling, unsteady on my feet, sensitive to light, itchy eye, chronic fatigue .slurred speech or lost of speech, dizzy, bumping into things, unable to concentrate, part incorrect use of words. slow movements, headaches at times told I looked sick gaunt, almost ready to faint if going out of bed & out of the home. This occurred when I visited my local GP, and in front of my neighbour who knows me for a long period. Bed Ridden for over 6 weeks .
One ambulance officer suggested I was suffering from post traumatic stress. Yet when my neighbour looked up the net I did not have one single symptom of post traumatic stress. He should not have suggested that. The NSW Ambulance and the St Vincent’s Public hospital need a serious review .
Even with health Insurance St Vincent’s Public Hospital place me in public ward with a scheduled mental health patient and others. Many of the Staff are judgemental. When it is not a simple case like a neurological specialised problem they indicate you are crazy. Even after over a week of being in hospital they could not identify the problem. I did not get a chance to talk to a doctor, except for a few minutes on occasions. They did not do all the tests they said they would. Doctors would do their rounds but only talk to each other as it is a teaching hospital. Their rounds consisted of a doctor , in my view probably very inexperienced and interns. The doctor seemed more interested in showing off in front of the interns than the interest of the patient.
After going home from St Vincent’s Public Hospital I was given aspirin and not told why or when to use it. While in the St Vincent’s Public Hospital for over a week, I did not get to talk to a Doctor on a regular basis. Just a few times for a few minutes. Told no important information and I now question if they were being straight with me.
When calling the HCF home Doctor service and I explained still suffering symptoms while waiting for the specialists appointment they called the NSW Ambulance and in my view NSW Ambulance gave poor service. Took me to St Vincent’s Public emergency and left me on the floor in the public waiting area while I was having breathing problems. No one should have to go through such a distressing experienced.