Roger Kirchner, the CEO of the Yorke and Northern Local Health Network (YNLHN) has issued an apology after a potential stroke victim was locked out of a mid-north hospital.
65-year-old Maureen Rogers was out on day-leave as an inpatient at the Balaklava Hospital in January after having a serious stroke last November, when she suffered what was likely to be another minor stroke.
Upon calling an ambulance, paramedics were directed to take her to the Lyell McEwin Hospital, about an hour away, where they waiting five hours without Ms Rogers receiving any medical attention.
The family then made the decision to take her back to Balaklava, where she was still an inpatient, but she was not allowed back inside the building.
The matter has been investigated and some medical staff have been reported to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) over the incident.