A WA grandmother with breathing difficulties was turned away from a hospital after she was told there were no beds left for her.
Diane Furniss, 77, fell ill on Monday, with local doctors booking her into Fiona Stanley Hospital.
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On Tuesday, the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) flew her from Esperance to Perth.
“They had it all organised … everything was sorted,” Diane’s husband Trevor Furniss told 7NEWS.
However, by the time she arrived, the hospital had already given her promised bed to someone else, and Fairness was told she would have to go elsewhere.
So, she was put back on an RFDS aircraft and flown to Bunbury.
“Logistically, you’d think it would have been simpler to find a bed in Perth to accommodate her … but … I’m not a doctor,” Trevor said.
However, Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson, told 7NEWS that these sorts of situations “do happen”.
“Emergency care is exactly that, and things change minute by minute,” she said.
Diane Furniss, 77, fell ill on Monday. Credit: 7NEWS
“My understanding is that Fiona Stanley had an emergency come through the door that needed that particular bed.”
Sanderson added: “Communication with families in these circumstances is critical”.
No explanation was given, however, as to why the only alternative for Furniss was Bunbury Regional Hospital, almost 200km away.
Liberal leader Libby Mettam slammed WA Health’s handling of Furniss’s care.
“What a ludicrous situation to see a patient shuttled between three hospitals due to a lack of capacity,” she told 7NEWS.
Trevor echoed this sentiment, adding WA Health need to “get back to the grassroots of their problem”.
“Which is asking why haven’t they got enough beds?,” he said.
“And if they haven’t allowed for it, then they need to get off their backsides and start getting it happening rather than blaming everyone else on the outside.”
Trevor said nobody from WA Health has been in contact with him to discuss the incident.
7NEWS.com.au has reached out to Fiona Stanley Hospital for further comment.