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