A coastal man who accidentally wheeled into the COVID ward at Sunshine Coast University Hospital has questioned how the mistake could have happened.
The Wurtulla man, who did not mention his name, was taken to hospital in an ambulance on Friday, April 23rd.
After being taken for some tests, the man said an orderly was asked with taking him to a bed.
He said the orderly wheeled him into ward 3b, a ward that was being used as a respiratory clinic to treat Covid-19 patients since early last year.
The man said, “We went through several doors (to get to the ward), and through each door, there was a sign that said, ‘Under no circumstances can anyone enter’,” the man said.
The man said he was placed in a trolley in front of the ward’s reception desk as the orderly “walked around every room looking for a nurse”.
“A nurse came out and saw me there and said, ‘What the hell is he doing here? Get him out of here as soon as possible,” he said.
The man was then taken to another ward and a few days later while in the ward he said he decided to write a complaint to the hospital.
He said that “I wrote an email and didn’t hear anything for a day or so and then a GP in the morning round said ‘Look we got your email, we did the make-up, our procedures went wrong and it shouldn’t have happened”.
The man said the doctor told him not to worry about that.
A spokesman for Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Services confirmed that he had been taken to the ward’s reception area but was not at risk of contracting the virus.
We understand this incident can be distressing for the patient and we apologize for any concerns.