Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Antivenom Not Stocked by All Darling Downs Hospitals; Snake Season Heralds and Some Medical Centres Not Equipped

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Antivenom Not Stocked by All Darling Downs Hospitals; Snake Season Heralds and Some Medical Centres Not Equipped

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Byline: MICHAEL HOUSE

WHEN half an hour is all you have after being bitten by a brown snake the last thing you would want to hear from your local hospital or medical centre is that there is no antivenom in stock.

But if you phoned up the hospital or medical centre in Clifton this is exactly what the doctor on duty would tell you.

A spokeswoman at Clifton Hospital said that there was no need for antivenom to be stocked there.

"We don't stock antivenom, as we do not have a lot of need for it. It would more than likely go out of date before it was used, as we haven't had a snake bite case that I can recall," the spokeswoman said.

The same response was echoed at the Clifton Medical Centre by another spokeswoman for the organisation.

"Antivenom is too expensive, considering that we don't have much use for it," she said

"We would generally recommend that any person who is bitten by a snake go straight to Toowoomba or Warwick as fast as possible," she said. …

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