The Border Watch : March 6th 2015
8 opinion EDiToRiAL TODAY’S story on the death of Rodney Moore at the Mount Gambier Hospital is shocking and incomprehensible. While Mr Moore, 69, had multiple health issues and may have died that morning even with high-level medical intervention and care, what is not acceptable is the fact Mr Moore died alone in the hospital bed without medical staff or family by his side. The family was not given precious time to farewell their loved one. Family members were originally told to go home and come back in the morning because Mr Moore would be fine. According to hospital records, Mr Moore had not been checked by hospital staff for two hours before his death, despite being admitted with hypertension. What is even more disturbing is the family was not told of Mr Moore’s death before entering his room. This is a terrible scenario that no family should have to suffer through in the modern age of health care. Questions need to be asked why Mr Moore - who was clearly in a serious condition with complicated medical issues - was not seen more promptly in accident and emergency and not admitted to the high dependency unit. That is why a coronial inquest is needed to determine whether this was an isolated case, a more entrenched problem due to staff shortages or the hospital staff acted appropriately. Only a coroner has the powers to fully investigate such cases and hand down recommendations for change. Even though this could have been an isolated case, it should never have happened. According to the family, the hospital has requested this case be used for training purposes. Mr Moore’s family members - who are speaking out to ensure the scenario is never repeated - are now left to pick up the pieces and deal with the roller-coaster of emotions, anger and trauma stemming from this incredibly sad incident. It is important to note this incident does not reflect on the entire staff and standard of care at the hospital, which has made major inroads in healthcare, services and facilities in recent years. There is no doubt its nurses and doctors work tirelessly helping people who flow through the hospital’s emergency department, theatres and admissions desk. While it is important not to let Mr Moore’s case tarnish the hospital’s reputation, a thorough investigation is still warranted. This will at least help the family have peace of mind. ViSiT US onLinE borderwatch.com.au CoMMEnT Walking, talking publicity machine for Mount Gambier ROM THE FRONT PORCH REENWOOD R GRAHAM R THERE were two important events that happened this week, both helping promote Mount Gambier and both because of the James Morrison Music Academy@UniSA. Firstly, they say a picture paints a thousand words. ESTABLISHED 1861 Published by The Border Watch Pty Ltd ABN: 78 007 828 819 Registered office: 81 Commercial Street East, Mount Gambier, SA 5290 Postal address: Box 309, Mount Gambier, SA 5290 Telephone: 08 8724 1555; Fax: 08 8724 1551 Website: www.borderwatch.com.au SMS: 0427 135 114 Proud member of the Not in every case but imagine what impact a picture of jazz musician James Morrison playing his trumpet across the street from the picturesque Old Town Hall has in regard to publicity for this city. The picture appeared in a two-page spread on the academy in the SA Weekend section of The Advertiser last weekend. That story and picture has already been beamed around the world, highlighting the fact that a small regional city in South Australia has attracted one of the world’s great jazz musicians and teachers to establish a university aimed solely at jazz. The implications and benefits to Mount Gambier, both nationally and internationally, from that story alone are impossible to comprehend. The Border Watch Management: General Manager: Robin Reid Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Editor: Jason Wallace Email: email@example.com Sports Editor: Rod Morris Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Sales Manager: Dennis Jackson Email: email@example.com Pre-Press Manager: Jamie Croker Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Administration Manager: Chelsea Sargeant Email: email@example.com Audited by Audit Bureau of Circulations The Border Watch Telephone 8724 1555, Fax 8724 1551 Responsibility for editorial comment is taken by Jason Wallace, 81 Commercial Street East, Mt Gambier The Border Watch proudly uses 100% recycled paper 661359 8 - The Border Watch, Friday, March 6, 2015 www.theborderwatch.com.au Even before the academy was opened it became the talk of the jazz music world and every time James Morrison walked into an overseas jazz festival, the first question asked was, “where is this Mount Gambier, where your academy is being established?” Then there was the opening and the performances of the academy students’ STREET SWEEpER RHYS GRIGG Mount Gambier I would stay home and not go to school. Nobody would be able to see me because I would be invisible. big band, which had only one day to rehearse, yet performed like veterans. Words don’t do justice to their performance, likewise James Morrison and Jeff Clayton. It had SA premier Jay Weatherill tapping his feet in appreciation. The acoustics of the Main Corner’s dress circle were marvellous and everyone walked away thrilled by the music spectacle and excited about what this will do for Mount Gambier’s economy. Throughout the past few months James and wife Judi have been spruiking to anyone who wants to listen about what a marvellous place Mount Gambier is to live. James has told the media and jazz festival people overseas what he and Judi like about Mount Gambier and how relaxing it is when compared with capital cities. But, as he said at the academy opening, he has had a great association for many years with Mount Gambier which started with Generations In Jazz. Since then, he maintains a high regard for Mount Gambier people and their attitude impresses him. This was supported in the SA Weekend article when he said, “Whenever I meet new people here, it’s always the same attitude of ‘what can we do to help and how can we make it happen’?” He has become a walking-talking ambassador for this city, the value of which cannot be assessed. That sort of promotion, that type of praise, is priceless. Slowly it is drowning out the “naysayers”. Some have questioned, “What will happen if James Morrison leaves after a year”? Or they have asked him, “How long do you plan to do this?” His reply was, “Forever”. His two boys, William and Harry have lived in the city for more than 12 months and James says he and Judi have already hung an honour board for academic excellence inside the building and are planning to hang a second, because the first will “only last 50 years”. That is James Morrison’s long-term commitment to the academy and to Mount Gambier. This week, following the official opening, 50 students started at the academy, more will follow. Establishing the academy hasn’t come without its dramas. The first major issue was when the project had to be brought forward 12 months because of the termination of the “Year 13” Tenison Woods College course. Then there was the task of finding a suitable academy site and student accommodation. At first James wanted to accommodate students together in one area and planned to lease 17 units in Harrald Street but that venture fell through dramatically just days after a story and photograph were published in this newspaper. This caused some urgency but within two weeks Judi secured numerous house and unit rentals around the city. Those problems are well behind and judging by the standard of the students’ music at the opening, the future looks bright. Tuesday was a great day for Mount Gambier. As part of our commitment to the City of Mount Gambier Charter for Children, this section is used to voice the views of youngsters each Friday. If you were invisible for a day, what would you do? ETHAN HUNT Mount Gambier I would like to be a snake catcher if I was invisible. COOPER SMITH Mount Gambier I would sneak into a bank and become really rich.
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