Perry John Whitton1963 - 2013 (49 years)
Name Perry John Whitton Born 25 May 1963 Baradine, New South Wales Gender Male Died 2013 Wanaaring, Bourke, New South Wales Person ID I22529 Whitton Last Modified 16 Oct 2019
Father Living Relationship natural Mother Living Relationship natural Family ID F8948 Group Sheet | Family Chart
Family Carolyn ? Married Abt 1988 Children 1. Living 2. Living 3. Living 4. Living Last Modified 16 Oct 2019 Family ID F8947 Group Sheet | Family Chart
- Fairfield High School
In outback NSW, when something goes horribly wrong, sometimes there is no one there to help.
But locals in the rural town of Wanaaring, about three hours out of Bourke, have been left wondering why the only medical help available is being left locked up whenever the town's only nurse is not on duty.
Perry Whitton was only 50 years old when he fell while repairing the windmill on his farm, just outside of Wanaaring.
Perry Whitton, who died following a windmill accident on a property near Wanaaring.
His son, Wade, rushed him to the local medical centre, only to find it locked. Carolyn Whitton, Perry's widow, is haunted by the thought of her husband of 25 years spending his last moments lying on the grass outside the clinic. She says she's had no answers or apologies from health authorities.
''Why put the centre there and have the nurse living there if you can't access it?'' she asked. ''Having him lying on the front lawn for 20 minutes while they're trying to get in, it's just not good enough. We are talking about someone's life here.''
Local publican Narrelle Hand was ready to help when Wade and Perry arrived. She is furious that the local nurse was expected to hand in her keys while she was on leave. And that despite Mr Whitton's death two months ago, the only spare set remain with the local police officer, who is rarely in town.
She and the nurse were forced to break into the medical centre to get a resuscitation kit for Mr Whitton, and local health authorities in Bourke told them they were not to bring him inside.
''We worked on him out the front on the lawn for three hours,'' Ms Hand said. ''He died on the lawn with his son watching.''
That afternoon, police appeared asking questions about the ''break in''. The Bourke health service denies calling them.
Labor health spokesman Andrew McDonald said the incident went against the government's claim it was giving control to health workers.
''If you can't trust your staff with a set of keys to their own workplace in a country town, you probably shouldn't be running things,'' he said. ''It is absolute madness.''
Dr McDonald, a paediatrician, said he had spent 30 years being on call and it was ''part of the deal'' for health workers in the community.
Kevin Humphries, the member for Wanaaring's Barwon electorate and Minister for Western NSW, said he believed a set of keys would soon be stored locally to make sure the situation would not happen again.
''The fact that the keys weren't there was a problem,'' he said. He said very remote areas such as Wanaaring faced unique difficulties in ensuring medical help could be provided at all times.
''There could be 10 days where you don't treat anyone, then suddenly at the 11th hour you have got something really nasty going on [and] it could be hours down the road.''
The health services manager for the Bourke Hospital and Health service, Sally Torr, said her sincere condolences went to the Whitton family. She said it was very unusual that the flying doctors would not be available to help in an emergency, but that a risk-assessment was being undertaken to determine an appropriate location for the keys.
She said before the accident a system was in place in which the flying doctor service could call in the Wanaaring nurse from leave in an emergency, and that the community had agreed the clinic would close while the nurse was away.
Both Wade Whitton and the Wanaaring nurse were too distressed to comment.
Perry John WHITTON nee Pez
Funeral Date and Time: 1:30 PM Thursday 3rd October 2013
Funeral Location: St Matthews Catholic Church, 12 Tebbutt St, Windsor, NSW
WHITTON, Perry John (Pez)25.5.1963 - 22.9.2013 50 Years Young Late of Sackville Loving husband of Carolyn. Proud Father of his 4 boys Shane, Wade, Jack and Joel. Son of Joyce & Fred, brother of Warrick and Robyn. Loved by all of his extended family and his many friends. Taken From Us Suddenly. Always In Our Hearts Forever. "We will never say goodbye, we will just say see you later"PERRY'S relatives and friends are warmly invited to attend his funeral service that will be held at 1.30pm on Thursday 3rd October 2013 in the St Matthews Catholic Church, 12 Tebbutt Street, Windsor. At the conclusion of the service everyone is invited to join the family at The Trop. (Heritage Hotel) Rose St. Wilberforce. Windsor 4577-3016 An Australian Company Member AFDA
- Fairfield High School