No plans for new machines

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

WIDE Bay Hos­pi­tal and Health Ser­vice Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer Deb­bie Car­roll has ruled out the in­tro­duc­tion of dial­y­sis machines in the North Bur­nett in the im­me­di­ate fu­ture.

“At any one time there are only a min­i­mal num­ber of pa­tients from the North Bur­nett re­ceiv­ing dial­y­sis treat­ment,” Ms Car­roll said.

“This makes a dial­y­sis ser­vice based in a North Bur­nett hos­pi­tal un­sus­tain­able.

“Some pa­tients in the North Bur­nett are able to make use of in home dial­y­sis, but this is not al­ways suit­able for pa­tients due to their care re­quire­ments.”

Ms Car­roll said there were schemes in place to help fam­i­lies who have to travel for treat­ment.

“North Bur­nett peo­ple of­ten make use of our on­site Ro­tary Lodge ac­com­mo­da­tion,” she said.

North Bur­nett Mayor Rachel Cham­bers said it was im­por­tant for the coun­cil to un­der­stand the scale of the sit­u­a­tion.

“It’s im­por­tant be­cause we don’t want to lose peo­ple who have to travel just be­cause of a med­i­cal con­di­tion,” she said.

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