Dialysis group seeks support
THE DIALYSIS at Maryborough lobby group has asked the council to support its campaign for a dialysis unit at Maryborough Hospital.
DAM secretary Anne Maddern asked councillors at Wednesday’s meeting to “give serious consideration to actively supporting the push for a dialysis unit in Maryborough”.
“We ask that you write to the Health Minister, Paul Lucas, in support of our request,” she said.
“Councillors are elected representatives for this community and the community is strongly expressing its view on this matter.
“Time is of the essence in this matter.
“More patients will soon require services and putting patients on a waiting list is not an option – failure to have dialysis in a timely manner results in death.”
• Hervey Bay Hospital is reported to be at capacity in terms of physical constraints and there is capacity in the existing Maryborough Hospital to place the additional required machines.
• Location of machines in Maryborough will significantly reduce travel time for Maryborough patients and improve the quality of life for both patients and carers/families.
• Placement of machines in Maryborough will reduce the load on the ambulance service which has to transport patients backwards and forwards from Maryborough to Hervey Bay and the high cost related to transporting patients to Gympie (and other centres).
• Placement of machines in Maryborough will allow some spare capacity in Hervey Bay for new patients and will allow Gympie patients to access treatment in their own town.
The group has collected some 3000 signatures on a petition to Mr Lucas.