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#1 kiwimum2b

Posted 06 May 2019 - 06:33 PM

My DD 5yrs is booked in to have tonsils, adenoids and grommets done in WA. We have been on the list since late last year, I have spoken to the hospital 3 times inc nurse and doctor and had 2 specialist appointments.

Today I was called with a surgery date and was informed that we MUST stay within 30min of the hospital for 2 weeks. 2 weeks!!!!!!
I am questioning this and waiting my specialist to call back, but was wondering if this were standard practice across Australia.

We do not live in metro Perth, and I have 6 other children at home.  It was suggested I rent a house in the cbd for 2 weeks. Ok, I’ll just take my lotto winnings and do that! If I could afford to rent a house in the cbd I would not be on the public waitlist!

Edited by kiwimum2b, 11 June 2019 - 11:01 AM.


#2 .Jerry.

Posted 06 May 2019 - 06:37 PM

A friend of mine lives 8 hours away from the hospital her son had tonsils out.  She was also advised to stay within close proximity to the hospital for two weeks, so they booked a holiday at the coast (which has a major hospital) for that time.
I think it was due to the risk of a major bleed.


(that was about 5 years ago though)

#3 Tough titties

Posted 06 May 2019 - 06:40 PM

I work in a hospital in Queensland and we also advise staying within 30 minutes of the hospital for 2 weeks. As far as I know this is normal practice for a tonsillectomy.

#4 Mamabug

Posted 06 May 2019 - 06:42 PM

Surely, A hospital would suffice, not THE hospital?

#5 Soontobegran

Posted 06 May 2019 - 06:42 PM

Are you within 30 minutes from a hospital which takes paediatrics where you live ?

Our advice when our kids had tonsils out was to be close to a hospital that could cope with complications rather than expecting families to uproot and live near the actual hospital.

Edited by Soontobegran, 06 May 2019 - 06:44 PM.


#6 kiwimum2b

Posted 06 May 2019 - 06:49 PM

We are within 30min of a hospital, but have been advised that they don’t have an ent specialist on call 24/7 so it’s not ok.
I asked if another hosp 40min away that do ent surgeries was ok as my aunt lives 5 min away. Nope not ok as again, even though they do the surgeries, there is not a specialist on call 24/7 there.
The hospital where surgery will be is 50min away from my house.
Wondering why it was never mentioned before.

#7 suline

Posted 06 May 2019 - 06:50 PM

Yes we are in WA and were told to stay metro. A lot of smaller country hospitals do not have 24/7 paediatric anaesthetic/ ent cover, and a post tonsillectomy’ bleed can be catastrophic.

Edited by suline, 06 May 2019 - 06:51 PM.


#8 kiwimum2b

Posted 06 May 2019 - 06:56 PM

View Postsuline, on 06 May 2019 - 06:50 PM, said:

Yes we are in WA and were told to stay metro. A lot of smaller country hospitals do not have 24/7 paediatric anaesthetic/ ent cover, and a post tonsillectomy’ bleed can be catastrophic.


We are just inland from Mandurah. Peel, Rockingham and Bunbury I don’t think would be classed as a small country hospitals. If we were way out, I would completely understand.

We will have to pull out of surgery. There’s no way I can uproot 7 kids for 2 weeks-or afford to!
Maybe if I’d been told then I wouldn’t be in such shock after waiting for 6months already..and looks like all for nothing.

#9 Soontobegran

Posted 06 May 2019 - 06:57 PM

View Postkiwimum2b, on 06 May 2019 - 06:49 PM, said:

We are within 30min of a hospital, but have been advised that they don’t have an ent specialist on call 24/7 so it’s not ok.
I asked if another hosp 40min away that do ent surgeries was ok as my aunt lives 5 min away. Nope not ok as again, even though they do the surgeries, there is not a specialist on call 24/7 there.
The hospital where surgery will be is 50min away from my house.
Wondering why it was never mentioned before.


That makes it tricky then.
It is important to be close to a place that does have the ability to deal with the complications 24/7.

It's a bugger as complications are not terribly common however when they do all hell can break loose.

Can you find a decent size regional place closer to you and go on the waiting list there?
Most large regional places most definitely can deal with this.

Edited by Soontobegran, 06 May 2019 - 06:59 PM.


#10 kiwimum2b

Posted 06 May 2019 - 06:59 PM

View PostSoontobegran, on 06 May 2019 - 06:57 PM, said:




That makes it tricky then.
It is important to be close to a place that does have the ability to deal with the complications 24/7.

It's a bugger as complications are not terribly common however when they do all hell can break loose.
Good luck.

Yes and I’d rather not have the complications!
Apparently everyone in wa must come to the city for 2 weeks or forgo surgery.

#11 ~J_WTF~

Posted 06 May 2019 - 07:00 PM

Wow... that’s very restrictive for families. A lot couldn’t afford to stay away from home for 2 weeks.

Good luck OP, I hope you can figure it out.

#12 kiwimum2b

Posted 06 May 2019 - 07:00 PM

Thanks everyone!

#13 kiwimum2b

Posted 06 May 2019 - 07:01 PM

View Post~J_WTF~, on 06 May 2019 - 07:00 PM, said:

Wow... that’s very restrictive for families. A lot couldn’t afford to stay away from home for 2 weeks.

Good luck OP, I hope you can figure it out.

She just won’t have the surgeries she needs..unless I can ship off the other 6..any takers?!?! Lol
Makes me wonder how many kids are suffering through and not able to get the surgeries they need due to living out of the cbd.

#14 suline

Posted 06 May 2019 - 07:03 PM

Are you going through Perth Children’s hospital? I was told the metro stuff at our first appointment but we also used to see them for plastics and ophthalmology and I had big issues which I had addressed through their customer service department. If I were you I would ring and speak to them / put in a complaint, it is a common operation and they should really have a better communication system in place. It seems very convenient that they call Mandurah “metro” when refusing to allocate beds for mums who have babies in the NICU but then it’s not metro for ent stuff.

Here is the details of where I complained https://ww2.health.w...mily-Engagement

#15 Octopodes

Posted 06 May 2019 - 07:04 PM

This never came up when DS had his tonsils out 8ish years ago. We lived 20-30 minutes from Westmead children's hospital at the time and were told to take him there if we had any complications. He had the surgery done privately, I wonder if that makes a difference.

I hope you find a workable solution, OP.

#16 Sweet.Pea

Posted 06 May 2019 - 07:10 PM

Can an ambulance make it from your house to the hospital in 30min?

#17 kiwimum2b

Posted 06 May 2019 - 07:12 PM

View Postsuline, on 06 May 2019 - 07:03 PM, said:

Are you going through Perth Children’s hospital? I was told the metro stuff at our first appointment but we also used to see them for plastics and ophthalmology and I had big issues which I had addressed through their customer service department. If I were you I would ring and speak to them / put in a complaint, it is a common operation and they should really have a better communication system in place. It seems very convenient that they call Mandurah “metro” when refusing to allocate beds for mums who have babies in the NICU but then it’s not metro for ent stuff.

Here is the details of where I complained https://ww2.health.w...mily-Engagement

Thank you! I need to speak to my specialist (who the hospital are saying should have told me) and then call the hospital back (my specialists rooms have said it should’ve come up in pre admission with the hospital).
And yes, seems very convenient that Mandurah is “metro” for a lot of things, and then classed as not for others..

#18 kiwimum2b

Posted 06 May 2019 - 07:17 PM

View PostOctopodes, on 06 May 2019 - 07:04 PM, said:

This never came up when DS had his tonsils out 8ish years ago. We lived 20-30 minutes from Westmead children's hospital at the time and were told to take him there if we had any complications. He had the surgery done privately, I wonder if that makes a difference.

I hope you find a workable solution, OP.

No it does not matter if we went private. It would be the same situation - I did query it

#19 kiwimum2b

Posted 06 May 2019 - 07:22 PM

View PostSweet.Pea, on 06 May 2019 - 07:10 PM, said:

Can an ambulance make it from your house to the hospital in 30min?

Her father is a St. John’s paramedic!

#20 Staying Strange

Posted 06 May 2019 - 07:25 PM

If you live more than 100kms from the hospital you're eligible for IPTAAS funding that will cover costs of travel and some accommodation (I think $60/night)
Maybe get in touch with the social work department.... they often know who locally will bulk bill to IPTAS etc. (I'm a social worker at a children's hospital and I regularly have to work out this kind of thing.... lots of options are possible. It's just a matter of finding if one off those Will work for you. )

Good luck OP

#21 Sweet.Pea

Posted 06 May 2019 - 07:26 PM

View Postkiwimum2b, on 06 May 2019 - 07:22 PM, said:



Her father is a St. John’s paramedic!

I think I would risk it.

#22 Pocket...

Posted 06 May 2019 - 07:33 PM

Same area as you but 30 minutes would  be a push to the health campus for me. Plenty of my friends kids had tonsils out with in the last 6-18 months and being within 30 minutes from the health campus was fine. One had a major bleed and the campus was excellent in dealing with it apparently. And the bleed happened late evening.

#23 22Fruitmincepies

Posted 06 May 2019 - 07:34 PM

Are you 30mins from FSH? Surely that would suffice?

#24 kiwimum2b

Posted 06 May 2019 - 07:54 PM

Thanks everyone for the feedback. I was more wondering if it were just a WA thing or all over Australia. Seems it’s an Aus thing - obviously from my username I’m originally from NZ, and never heard of such restraints.

I will speak to the specialist tomorrow, and the hospital and go from there.
It just seemed a bit of an overkill being so specific on where you can/cannot go for so long.
Going off what they say, we must physically stay within the cbd for the whole 2 weeks- no leaving, no visiting her family etc which seems absurd.

Staying strange, we do not live 100km or more away so won’t get any help with costs. Great that they have that option for people coming from country, but unfortunately we don’t qualify.

#25 Chaotic Pogo

Posted 06 May 2019 - 08:00 PM

View Postkiwimum2b, on 06 May 2019 - 06:49 PM, said:

We are within 30min of a hospital, but have been advised that they don’t have an ent specialist on call 24/7 so it’s not ok.
I asked if another hosp 40min away that do ent surgeries was ok as my aunt lives 5 min away. Nope not ok as again, even though they do the surgeries, there is not a specialist on call 24/7 there.
The hospital where surgery will be is 50min away from my house.
Wondering why it was never mentioned before.

So if you have surgery at this hospital, you have to move to Perth for 2 weeks?  Something doesn’t sound right, or do they not do paed?




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