Update: ANMF Member Letter
22 August 2018
Last week, ANMF (Tasmanian Branch) received a lovely letter from a nurse practitioner in Launceston who is also an ANMF member, with regard to using the Department of Emergency Medicine (DEM) at the Launceston General Hospital. The nurse, named Jane unfortunately suffered an anaphylaxis episode where she had to visit Accident and Emergency in Launceston. Jane cannot speak highly enough of the amazing team in DEM who treated her urgently and professionally. She said the team work tirelessly yet seemingly receive little thanks for all their efforts.
As a long standing member of the amazing profession of nursing I was horrified to find myself requiring a visit to Accident and Emergency in Launceston.
From an assessment of myself (typical nurse!) I was concerned I was having a severe allergic reaction. This did indeed turn out to be the case and I needed immediate urgent care.
When I arrived in DEM it was clear that there were ambulances ramped and the waiting room was heaving with patients waiting to be seen. Yet despite this, in a service where they are stretched to the limits every day of their working lives I was stunned and proud that as soon as it
became clear that I needed emergency care this happened immediately, urgently and professionally.
Afterwards I wonder how sustainable it is, where the purpose of DEM seems to have changed to where patients wait for days for beds and there is constant complaint by a cohort of the population about waiting times, lack of service.
I cannot speak highly enough of the amazing team in DEM who work tirelessly yet seemingly receive little thanks for all their efforts.
RN , Nurse Practitioner