Northern New South Wales mother has been denied admission to a Queensland hospital where she seeks urgent medical attention for her newborn child. Chantelle Northfield and her husband, Glen, were unable to fit into the helicopter that flew from Lismore to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital on Friday for their son, Harvey.
The baby was born with extremely low levels of oxygen which called for urgent intervention.
“Glen and I were refused entry to the hospital until after 14 days’ mandatory quarantine in a hotel,” Ms Northfield said.
“We would have been more than willing to do that if there was a guarantee that Harvey would be there for that long, but no-one is 100 per cent sure and the second he no longer needs such extensive treatment he will be flown back to Lismore.”
Ms Northfield’s sister-in-law, Maddie Mortensen, said it had been extremely stressful for the family from Casino.
“It’s Chantelle’s birthday today and she obviously wanted her baby home today to celebrate, and she’s going through all this stress,” she said.
Ms Mortensen has set up an online petition asking Queensland Health for answers.
Harvey was born the same day, a restrictions was expected to occur which would allow residents of northern NSW to travel across the border for critical medical appointments.
Ms Mortensen said parents of Harvey thought they had an exemption from crossing the border, but didn’t know that didn’t mean they would have access to their son.
“The hospital contacted them and said ‘No, you can’t come in unless you quarantine in a hotel for 14 days’,” she said.