Bay hospital apologises as Tinana woman left stranded at 4am
A TINANA woman has received an apology after she was discharged from the Hervey Bay Hospital's emergency department at 4am with no way of getting home.
Zoe Harvey said she was shocked to find herself stranded outside the hospital early on Tuesday.
"I was admitted to the Maryborough Hospital earlier in the night with chest pains - I have a history of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis)," she said.
"They transferred me to Hervey Bay for a CT scan, which came back all fine.
"At 4am they discharged me. I asked how I was going to get home and they said I could get a taxi or catch a bus."
She could not afford a taxi to Tinana and instead caught one to a friend's house.
Fraser Coast Health Service director of nursing and midwifery services Graham Mahaffery said Ms Harvey was contacted and apologised to for the "miscommunication that led to her being inconvenienced".
"It is not the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service's policy to release people from the emergency department without talking to them about what their needs are," he said.
"Emergency staff has a range of options available to assist patients with issues such as transport."