Boy's pain prolonged
LITTLE Lachlan Wyllie has been having trouble with his enlarged tonsils since he was about six months old, but surgery set for July 20 that could have given him relief was abruptly cancelled.
Mum Lea Wyllie said their GP phoned Bundaberg Hospital and was told the State Government had put a stop to ear, nose and throat surgery in the city.
"Three weeks before his appointment we got a letter saying the surgery had been cancelled," she said.
"On August 2 we got another letter saying we would be advised when it resumed."
Mrs Wyllie said they had been on the public health list for 15 months waiting for an appointment for three-year-old Lachlan to have his enlarged tonsils and adenoids removed.
The youngster's problems with his tonsils and adenoids mean he gets regular bouts of tonsillitis - with about eight attacks in the past 20 months - as well as painful ear infections. He also snores badly.
"It's been hard learning to deal with it," his mum said.
Mrs Wyllie said Lachlan was mainly affected at night, when the tonsillitis made him restless and unable to sleep.
"We now have to go on the waiting list in Brisbane, and that's longer," she said.
"We will probably have to wait another 12 months for a date."
Mrs Wyllie said if they had private health cover they could probably get the operation done right away in Bundaberg, but that could cost up to $3000.
Mrs Wyllie said the long wait was having a bad effect on Lachlan's health.
"He's on antibiotics all the time, so he's not building up an immune system," she said.
Mrs Wyllie said she and husband Nathan were very disappointed Lachlan's surgery was cancelled.
"We were so close yet so far," she said.
A spokeswoman for Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said Bundaberg Hospital was in the final stages of negotiation with the private sector to deliver a partnership agreement providing pediatric ear, nose and throat services for local patients.
"A new structured partnership agreement will ensure the most efficient, sustainable and high-quality service that is best matched to the needs of local pediatric patients," she said.
She said services would resume in the coming weeks as the negotiations were only a temporary disruption to services while negotiations were under way.