Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Bed Shortage Almost Cost Daniel His Arm

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Bed Shortage Almost Cost Daniel His Arm

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Byline: Bianca Clare bianca.clare@scnews.com.au

A MINYAMA father has called for the Sunshine Coast's new hospital to be built faster, amid claims a bed shortage almost cost his son an arm.

Daniel Watson, 25, was treated for a severe infection as an outpatient at Caloundra Hospital.

After six days of four-hourly infusions and no improvement, he was transported to Nambour General Hospital for inpatient management.

His dad Mal Watson believes the delay meant the infection was exacerbated and prolonged Daniel's recovery time.

"Daniel was bitten on the left forearm by a female in March when he tried to break up an altercation," he said.

"He visited his local GP who provided antibiotics. However, days later it continued to swell up, six inches round. Once transferred, a doctor at Nambour told him he would lose his arm if he didn't have an operation straight away."

Mal said his son was told there was no permanent beds available at Caloundra. …

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