Sunday Territorian 25 Jan 2015
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08 NEWS SUNDAY JANUARY 25 2015 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Patient left in RDH hallway A PALMERSTON man knocked unconscious in a violent street mugging says he spent two days waiting on a bed in the corridor of Royal Darwin Hospital before eventually discharging himself out of frustration. James Hamper, 23, also claims he had to ask nurses for something to eat after the food trolley staffer kept skipping him in the hallway. It made me feel really embarrassed, especially when people kept walking past me and asking what had happened, he said. It wasnt very nice I was parked in a hallway and forgot about for two days. The worst bit was having to ask if I could have a shower and even have a toothbrush and toothpaste. An RDH spokeswoman said the patient was discharged from ward 2B after one day, not two. The hospital has come under fire in recent months over claims of double-bunking patients. The official opening of the $18 million medi-hotel last October was designed to ease bed block. The medi-hotel was built two years ago but the CLP Government decided to use it as a forced alcohol rehabili tation centre before reverting to its original purpose. In an apparent mugging, Mr Hamper said he was hit in the back of the head with what he believed was a rock on Tuesday night as he was walking through Moulden back to his house. He said he was repeatedly kicked in the head before the attacker took off with a packet of cigarettes. He was knocked out cold for two hours before being found by a passing cyclist and rushed to the Emergency Department by St John Ambulance. Police attended the scene but Mr Hamper was yet to make a formal statement about the attack. While he does not remember much of the bashing Mr Hamper said he recalled being in incredible pain after waking, and spent 12 hours in the ED before being transferred with concussion to the corridor of Ward 2. The nurses didnt do much for me because they were busy doing other stuff, then when I got over it and told them I wanted to go home they told me I couldnt because they had to do other tests, said Mr Hamper, who only relocated from Queensland two weeks ago. After discharging himself he was advised to return to the hospital the next day to receive more painkillers. Mr Hamper is still sporting two black eyes and has recurring headaches, but is recovering at home. The RDH spokeswoman said a patient advocate officer would contact Mr Hamper immediately. James Hamper was bashed in the head from behind in an unprovoked attack in Moulden. After being rushed to RDH, he was then forced to remain in the corridor of ward 2 for two days without proper hospital care Picture: ELISE DERWIN By MARIA BILLIAS I was parked in a hallway and forgot about for two days *Conditions apply: Fares shown are for return travel in Economy Class from Darwin to Singapore on SilkAir, connecting with Singapore Airlines or SilkAir operated services to the advertised destinations, subject to availability. Fares include the price of the air ticket, associated taxes, levies and surcharges including credit card service fee correct as at 16/01/2015. Taxes and surcharges are subject to change due to currency fl uctuations. Advertised fares are valid for departures from 26/01/2015 to 31/03/2015, 17/04/2015 to 04/06/2015, 10/08/2015 to 09/09/2015, and 06/10/2015 to 10/12/2015. Fares do not include optional charges, such as service fees, date change fees and cancellation fees. A few countries still levy airport taxes, which can only be paid by the customer, in cash, at the airport prior to departure. Fares are eligible for 10% KrisFlyer mileage accrual, but are not valid for redemption upgrades. KrisFlyer member terms and conditions apply. This offer is subject to availability and confi rmation. Capacity limitations apply. SilkAir and Singapore Airlines reserve the right to alter or extend this offer without notice. Final booking/payment date is 02/02/2015. Additional terms and conditions apply. Asia s mos t awarded reg iona l a i r l ine Inflight Meal SilkAir Studio 30kg Baggage Allowance Earn Miles TAKE OFF IN 2015 WITH GREAT NEW YEAR FARES. Ho Chi Minh City from $ 813* Return Phuket from $ 813* Return Tokyo from $ 1298* Return London from $ 2052* Return SilkAir and Singapore Airlines are giving you more reasons to take off in 2015 with great new year fares, available for sale to these and other exciting destinations around the world. To book, visit singaporeair.com or your local travel agent.
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