The roadblock to transfers to Queensland hospitals from Tenterfield appears to have been broken, with patients now heading north if they so desire (and the treating doctor and Queensland hospital concur).
Deputy Mayor Greg Sauer hopes the news will act as an impetus for those requiring emergency medical attention to present themselves to Tenterfield Hospital, to provide the numbers to justify a boost in nurse staffing.
In November, 15 patients required transportation from Tenterfield. Six of these requested to be sent north and all were transported as per request.
Hunter New England Health's Susan Heyman shared the statistics during a teleconference on Wednesday afternoon with Cr Sauer and Mayor Peter Petty. The online meeting will now happen monthly as HNEH and Tenterfield Shire Council work towards resolving issues, Cr Sauer said, with reports on interstate transfers part of that process.
Obviously this means there is now no reason why Tenterfield residents should not present at Tenterfield Hospital in the first instance.Cr Greg Sauer
"Obviously this means there is now no reason why Tenterfield residents should not present at Tenterfield Hospital in the first instance.
"We will continue to communicate with HNEH in regard to nurse rostering numbers, as well as ensuring a doctor is on call at all times."