Patients told not to lie down
MUCH of their lives are spent hooked up to machines but Maryborough’s renal dialysis patients have vowed not to take the State Government’s decision on treatment centres lying down.
Hervey Bay Hospital is currently overflowing with patients and many are being forced to travel to Gympie for treatment while the Heritage City’s hospital sits vacant of the necessary equipment.
Lobbyists Glynn Turner and Denise Aitken are calling on all dialysis patients in the district to stand up and be counted.
They want to form a group to lobby the government for dialysis and other medical services to be implemented at Maryborough Hospital – and have asked Maryborough LNP liaison officer Anne Maddern to help.
“Patients who have been forced to travel to Gympie are asking for community support to establish a lobby group,” Ms Maddern said.
“Many of the patients are quite ill and it’s a huge strain on them to have to travel to Gympie.
“As they are unwell, they also need support from the community to lobby the government.”
Ms Aitken said the trip to Gympie not only affected patients but also their families who provided the transport and waited during treatment.
“Many patients can’t drive themselves ... the treatment makes them sick.”
She also said tourism was affected as patients could not visit Maryborough for holidays.
All dialysis patients, carers and supporters are invited to attend a meeting tomorrow at the Maryborough Neighbourhood Centre, Ellena Street, at 5pm. Anyone who cannot attend but would like to be involved is welcome to call Ms Maddern on 0401 948 515.