Ser­vices needed

The Advertiser - - LETTERS -

THE news that a Lib­eral Gov­ern­ment will com­mit $110 mil­lion to restor­ing ser­vices to Mod­bury Hos­pi­tal ( The Ad­ver­tiser 12/1/18) will be wel­comed by pa­tients in the north­east.

It is cu­ri­ous that the role of a High De­pen­dency Unit (HDU) in this up­grade has been con­tentious, with the Gov­ern­ment in­sist­ing that the restora­tion of this im­por­tant fa­cil­ity would, in some way, be “un­safe”.

The restora­tion of a HDU at Mod­bury is an essen­tial com­po­nent of the safe re­turn of acute ser­vices and of emer­gency and elec­tive ma­jor surgery to the hos­pi­tal. It is a nec­es­sary sup­port ser­vice for se­ri­ously ill pa­tients in the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, geri­atric medicine and pal­lia­tive care wards, or who present to the, in­creas­ingly busy, Emer­gency Depart­ment.

Cur­rently these pa­tients are shunted off to the Lyell McEwen ( LMH) or else­where. These trans­fers are some­times de­layed to the point where the pa­tient’s treat­ment is jeop­ar­dised and their life threat­ened.

The con­tention that an HDU at Mod­bury will be un­safe is false. It pre­vi­ously op­er­ated quite safely at the hos­pi­tal, and its re­turn is sup­ported by Mod­bury sur­geons and the com­mu­nity.

With proper sup­port and staffing, and with the co-op­er­a­tive good­will of se­nior clin­i­cians at the LMH, it will be safe and ef­fec­tive. WAR­REN JONES,

Malvern. and any feed­back re­sult­ing from such a trip. If it’s good for the goose, it’s good for the gander. GARRY TURNER, Port Pirie

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