Dial­y­sis ser­vices a cause to cel­e­brate

Dalby Herald - - NEWS -

DALBY Hos­pi­tal was the place to be this week when it threw a party to cel­e­brate the open­ing of its re­nal unit with some spe­cial guests.

Act­ing ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of med­i­cal ser­vices from Dar­ling Downs Hos­pi­tal and Health Ser­vice, Martin Byrne, and Mem­ber for Con­damine, Pat Weir, of­fi­cially launched the unit on Wed­nes­day, along­side hos­pi­tal staff, pa­tients and the pub­lic with morn­ing tea.

Nev Volker and Leanne Parker first ad­vo­cated for the unit more than a year ago and were on hand cut a spe­cially made cake.

A for­mer dial­y­sis re­cip­i­ent, Mr Volker trav­elled to Toowoomba for more than 15 months for treat­ment and af­ter un­der­go­ing a trans­plant.

With Ms Parker, he ap­proached Mr Weir to lobby for a lo­cal ser­vice.

Ms Parker’s mother June re­ceived dial­y­sis in Dalby for the first time last week.

“I am ec­static. I am pleased for the com­mu­nity be­cause re­nal prob­lems are some­thing that are grow­ing,” Mr Volker said.

Mr Weir said it was al­most a year to the day since Mr Volker and Ms Parker walked into his of­fice to pro­pose a lo­cal ser­vice.

He said he had al­ways sup­ported the pro­posal but the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the unit was a chal­lenge.

“We put the is­sue to the Min­is­ter but we didn’t get a pos­i­tive re­sponse at all,” he said.

“We knew it was go­ing to be a strug­gle but once we got the Dar­ling Downs Health Ser­vice on board that’s when it started to gain trac­tion.

“A lot of credit has to go to Nev and Leanne and the team at the Dalby Hos­pi­tal, they are the ones that re­ally pushed for it.

“It’s just such a great day, it’s great to see the smile on the face of (dial­y­sis pa­tient) Mrs Parker...you don’t get many wins in op­po­si­tion in gov­ern­ment PHOTO: JU­LIA BAKER and it re­ally re­in­forces why you do the job.”

Mr Byrne said com­mu­nity mem­bers had to be com­mended for their hard work.

“There’s a lot of dial­y­sis pa­tients and peo­ple in the com­mu­nity...I’d like to thank them for work­ing hard to achieve this and also for the health ser­vice for putting it in place,” he said.

“Today’s about say­ing ‘here’s a ser­vice we’ve been pro­vid­ing to peo­ple in Toowoomba and it’s a good ser­vice but it’s not lo­cal’.”

JOB WELL DONE: Pat Weir and dial­y­sis pa­tient June Parker cel­e­brate the open­ing of the re­nal unit at Dalby Hos­pi­tal.

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