Baby capsule fitting disorder
A BARGARA mother has been forced to travel to Hervey Bay for a free baby capsule fitting with the Queensland Ambulance Service after being told all the appointments were booked out until April next year.
But the trip may have been for nothing, after it was revealed there were plenty of appointments available at the Bundaberg ambulance station.
Jessica Cullinan, who is 30 weeks pregnant, called the State Government hotline to organise an appointment to have her car seat fitted.
She said when she made the call last week, she was told there was no availability for an appointment in Bundaberg until April next year.
"I was incredibly shocked," she said.
Ms Cullinan, who has a 17-month-old daughter, said she had previously used the service to have her first child's car seat fitted and then turned around when she was six months.
She said while she knew she would have to book in advance, she did not expect to have to book months beforehand.
But the trip to Hervey Bay may have been unnecessary.
After the NewsMail made inquiries yesterday, on the same hotline and over the website, it found there was an appointment available on December 9 and a number in the following weeks.
"If I could have got an appointment in Bundaberg, I would have taken it," Ms Cullinan said.
The NewsMail is aware of other mothers who have had difficulty scheduling appointments with the service.
One mum had a capsule fitted months before she was due to give birth because that was the only date available for a fitting.
A spokeswoman for the Queensland Ambulance Service said the station hired someone to install car seats every Friday and there were eight slots each week, and only about three of those appointments were regularly filled.
The service could not explain the discrepancy between the phone information and actual available slots.
Queensland Ambulance recommends installing the car seat two weeks before the due date and making an appointments four to six weeks out.
To book an appointment visit or call 13 74 68.