DAM lobby for dialysis care
MARYBOROUGH’S new hospital lobby group has formed a dialysis sub-committee and named it DAM – Dialysis at Maryborough.
Dialysis patient Lorraine Reid, who travels three times a week to Gympie for treatment, has been elected as the chair.
On Monday night the group’s members signed a letter to the health minister, Paul Lucas, asking him to come to Maryborough “as a matter of urgency” to talk with dialysis patients over lack of facilities and nine-hour days when patients had to travel to Gympie.
Ms Reid has also launched a petition to the minister that already has 1000 signatures.
“They are also planning to try and promote some education as to just how disruptive and time-consuming dialysis really is without the added burden of travel to either Hervey Bay or Gympie,” secretary Anne Maddern said yesterday.
“One of the daughters of one of the patients was very forthcoming at our Monday meeting about how much of a strain the whole process had put on her family and the fact that her father, who was a well man before his wife needed dialysis, is now very unwell as a result of the stress and strain of the dialysis.”
The group also plans to write to Mayor Mick Kruger to seek the council’s support for dialysis units in Maryborough.
DAM’s next meeting is scheduled for February 8 at 60 John Street, Maryborough.