No plans for new machines
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.