Hanna dial­y­sis clinic set to close its doors

The Drumheller Mail - - CLASSIFIEDS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

It ap­pears dial­y­sis pa­tients in Hanna may soon be rerouted to the Drumheller fa­cil­ity.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, the Hanna dial­y­sis clinic is set to close come May 25. Cur­rently there are just two dial­y­sis pa­tients us­ing the fa­cil­ity in Hanna. The cur­rent stan­dard re­quire for a clinic to re­main open are there needs to be six pa­tients within a 100 kilo­me­tre ra­dius.

“Don’t just come in and tell us you’re clos­ing it down. We need to un­der­stand why and the lady who came to de­liver that news of course had no au­thor­ity to release any in­for­ma­tion,” said Hanna Mayor Mary Collins in the Medicine Hat News. “All we know is it’s go­ing and they are go­ing to send our pa­tients via taxi from Hanna to Drumheller if they have no one to drive them.”

Hanna taxi driv­ers are not all trained in emer­gency first aid re­sponse, the very min­i­mum which should be ex­pected when trans­port­ing a pa­tient, she said.

The Drumheller Health Cen­tre be­gan serv­ing pa­tients at its dial­y­sis clinic in May of 2005.

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