Mum pleads with hospital to see daughter so she doesn't lose hearing
A Perth mother is calling on the WA Government to do something about the long waiting times in the Public Department of the Perth Children’s Hospital.
Her desperate plea comes after her daughter has spent more than two years on the waiting list to see an ear, nose and throat specialist, just for the initial consultation.
Suzie Burrows discovered her daughter, Maddi had breathing issues when she was just nine months old.
Since then, Maddi’s condition has worsened. She regularly suffers with ear infections, tonsillitis and glue ear and has now developed sleep apnea and there are fears she could go lose her hearing if she doesn't see a specialist.
Ms Burrows said she’s tried everything to get Maddi into see a public specialist.
She is a single mother and said going private is not an option.
The three-year-old is in urgent need of a $4,000 surgery that has no guarantee of fixing her, instead it is likely it will just delay the progression.
There are currently 4,173 children on the waiting list to see an ENT specialist and the health department said the average wait time for all priorities of ENT outpatient referrals is 475 days.
The department admits it is a long list, however they say that their department has seen 7,929 children in the last 12 months.
“A number of strategies have been implemented to shorten waiting times - including a cancellation list and extra theatre sessions and staff,” the health department said in a statement.
The department told 9News that there are no urgent patients waiting for ENT surgery, and semi-urgent patients can expect to wait around 77 day, while non-urgent patients wait for an average of 366 days.
Following enquiries from 9News, Maddi now has an appointment at the end of this month.