No dial­y­sis ma­chine at hospi­tal

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

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