No dialysis machine at hospital
The State Government has confirmed there are no plans for a renal dialysis unit in the new Karratha Health Campus.
Instead, the Government is focusing on providing four more home dialysis machines for Mawarnkarra Health Service by mid-2017.
Patients are currently transferred to Perth if they are unable to use the home dialysis chairs at Mawarnkarra, which require the availability of a trained carer.
Planning and Disability Services Minister Donna Faragher, representing Health Minister John Day, said WA Country Health Services’ modelling suggested there were enough resources in the Pilbara already to meet demand.
“There has been considerable investment in increased renal and dialysis services over the past four years through the State and Commonwealth,” she said.
“This includes the continued expansion of renal services across regional WA and the establishment of renal support teams in the Pilbara, Goldfields and Mid West.”
Ms Faragher said various factors had to be taken into account when deciding dialysis treatment options, including the availability of resources and personal factors such as medical history and lifestyle.
Greens Member for Mining and Pastoral Robin Chapple said the admission was an oversight.
“I am staggered we are building a brand new hospital and we’re not having a new dialysis machine in there,” he said.
“Access to a dialysis machine at a hospital should be paramount.”
Mr Chapple said the current system in the Pilbara relied on having trained carers present when needed.
Pilbara MLA Brendon Grylls said he trusted the WACHS data, but was happy to pursue the issue should the public show there was a need for the facility in Karratha.