'Doctor refused to touch me'

TWO women who recently spoke out about their horrendous experiences at Bundaberg Hospital's maternity unit have inspired eight others to come forward and share their stories.

The women – seven whose babies died – have formed a support group with the help of Member for Burnett Rob Messenger.

They plan to not only offer one another support but campaign for better resources and training at the hospital.

One woman who joined the support group said she was still traumatised by her experience at the hospital in 2007 where she lost her 13-week-old foetus.

“The doctor who treated me in the emergency department refused to touch me while I lay haemorrhaging for an hour, as he was disgusted by the amount of blood I was covered in,” she claimed.

The woman said she followed up her concerns with the appropriate channels as far as she could but kept hitting dead ends.

“No one would ever call back or follow up what they said they would,” she said.

“You get the feeling that people just want you to deal with it and get over it.”

Another mother miscarried her baby at 14 weeks and said despite going to the hospital twice, staff sent her home refusing to believe she was miscarrying until her water broke and she came back a third time.

“I was having contractions and they gave me Panadol and told me to go home – two hours later my water broke,” she said.

“I have two children. I know what contractions feel like but they wouldn't take me seriously.”

A first-time mother said she had a terrifying experience in December when she was left alone for five hours after giving birth.

The emergency button in her room failed and, despite having third-degree tears and suffering significant blood loss, she said it took hours for a doctor to arrive to authorise urgent surgery.

She was readmitted three times post birth because of complications from the surgery.

“I contacted Rob because I don't want anyone else to go through that,” she said.

All of the women said they did not want to attack the hospital staff.

“We want to help them get more staff and better resources so they're not so stretched that these things happen,” one woman said.

Anyone else in a similar situation looking for support from the group could phone Rob Messenger on 41591988 for help.

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