Isobel, Jaye, Tom and Raphael Wardlaw.
Isobel, Jaye, Tom and Raphael Wardlaw. Contributed

Mum petitions to save Tweed Hospital

BABY Isobel’s dramatic entrance into the world heralded a new appreciation for the work of doctors and nurses at Tweed Hospital for mum-of-two Jaye Wardlaw.

With the help of advocacy group GetUp, Mrs Wardlaw has gathered more than 900 signatures in a petition she set up calling for more federal funding for the embattled Tweed Hospital.

Her petition - entitled “Save our Tweed Hospital” - is the latest voice in the Fair Go campaign launched by the Tweed Daily News in conjunction with senior doctors from the Tweed Hospital, calling for more funding for the hospital.

It is also part of a wider GetUp campaign calling for more federal funding for Australia’s hospital system.

Three years ago, stay-at-home mum Mrs Wardlaw needed an emergency transfer out of Murwillumbah Hospital when her labour with Isobel took a turn for the worse.

“Her heart monitor started showing an irregular heart beat which triggered them sending us to Tweed for intervention and higher level of care,” she said.

“I needed to go into surgery right away.”

Now three, Isobel was born healthy and Mrs Wardlaw recovered from the complications.

“I was lucky I got the medical care that I needed with an amazing staff on hand but even then, you knew they were over-stretched,” she said.

The Murwillumbah mum urged the government to deliver more funding.

“Doctors shouldn’t have to beg, it shouldn’t be their job,” Mrs Wardlawsaid.

Mrs Wardlaw said respondents to the petition had ‘raved’ on about the professionalism of staff at Tweed - especially in acute care.

But they also complained that beds were always full, waiting times too long, and mental health and post-acute care services minimal.

Mrs Wardlaw called on the government - whoever is elected on July 2 - to support the previous Labor Government’s health budget formula due to take effect from 2017.

“That would have seen an extra $57 billion go to health over the next 10 years,” she said.

Mrs Wardlaw volunteered her time to campaign for the Tweed Hospital after GetUp calculated the Tweed would more than $200million over the next 10 years or “lose 120 beds, or 200 nurses or 140 doctors” if funding wasn’t reversed.

Sign the petition here.

Tom, Raphael and Jaye Wardlaw.
Tom, Raphael and Jaye Wardlaw. Contributed


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