Sick child recovering from pneumonia, waiting in the rain

Three-year-old Logan Wing has had pneumonia for two weeks.

“He was pretty frozen by the time we got into hospital,” she said.

On Monday, he was finally getting better – but waiting 25min in the rain for the shuttle was the last thing he or his mother, Kelly, needed.

She held him while they waited in line, bundled up in jackets. He hid his face in her neck, sheltering from the wind which drove the rain into their backs.

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“He was pretty frozen by the time we got into hospital,” she said.

She said they left their Rangiora home before 9am and did not get home until noon – all for a 20min check-up with a specialist.

COLD: Kelly Wing holds three-year old Logan, who was recovering from pneumonia and being taken in for a check-up.

She said a car park was urgently needed close to the hospital.

She said building a temporary car park on Hagley Park’s Hospital Corner seemed like an obvious solution.

“There are so many sports fields around. Sports can find other fields, whereas we need access to the hospital,” she said.

Running check-ups in outpatient clinics in the community, rather than at the hospital, could also help fix the problem, she said.

‘What will we do when I go into labour?’

Heavily pregnant with just three weeks until her baby was due, struggling through puddles in driving rain was the last thing Ashlea Davies wanted to be doing.

ALMOST DUE: Three weeks away from her due date, Ashlea Davies and her partner Matthew Forward were heading to hospital for a pregnancy scan.

She and her partner, Matthew Forward, had got to the park and ride car park 40min early for their pregnancy scan.

But with 20min until the appointment, they were still standing in line with a dozen people in front of them, water drizzling off their hoods. The atmosphere was tense.

She said there were ways the service could have been improved. A better car park surface so they didn’t have to fight through puddles and shelter from the weather while they waited in line. Or the best solution: A car park closer to the hospital.

“It makes me wonder, what happens when I go into labour?” she asked.

They’d have to hope they were lucky and find a car park, she said.

Six year old Jaxon and his mum wait in the rain

RECOVERING: Robyn Bellve helped her son, Jaxon, into the Park and Ride van, heading to a follow-up appointment after his surgery last week.

A week ago, six-year-old Jaxon was in hospital for surgery.

On Monday, he was due for a post-surgery check up – so his mum, Robyn Bellve, bundled him into the car and drove from their Rolleston home into the city.

Then they spent 20min standing in line in the rain.

Jaxon was too heavy for his mum to carry him, and the surface of the car park was too rough for her to take his pushchair. So he stood miserably, holding her hand.

She said Jaxon had spent most of his young life in and out of hospital with a range of health issues.

“The hospital told one of the mums in our ward you can go now. But her boy was asleep after the surgery, so she had to carry him back to her car. She said how do I carry the bags and the child when I can’t leave him alone?”

But getting there had become harder and harder since the on-street Oxford Tce car parks they used until early this year were removed.

She said Jaxon was on the autism spectrum, so he found waiting, especially in unfamiliar places, very difficult.

“On a day like today, it was terrible. I’m only just starting to calm him down now,” she told The Star late on Monday afternoon.

While in the hospital for his surgery, she met other parents facing similar problems.

“The hospital told one of the mums in our ward you can go now. But her boy was asleep after the surgery, so she had to carry him back to her car. She said how do I carry the bags and the child when I can’t leave him alone?”

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