Dialysis funding confirmed for Ingham Hospital
HINCHINBROOK MP Nick Dametto has confirmed funding is committed to delivering four dialysis chairs at Ingham Hospital, in a major win for patients in the area.
The State funding, which came after a sustained lobbying effort by the community and Mr Dametto, will remove the need for dialysis patients to make an arduous trip to Townsville three times a week to receive treatment.
“This confirmation of funding solidifies the government’s election promise for renal dialysis at Ingham Hospital. I was proud to work alongside the community over the last term of parliament to achieve this life-changing treatment,” he said.
“We will be getting four dialysis chairs, which is a great result.”
While no timeframes have been set, it is understood Queensland Health is currently working with Townsville Hospital and Health Service to progress planning.
The government committed more than $27 million for its Rural and Regional Renal Program in this year’s budget, which will deliver a dialysis service to several hospitals across the North, including Ingham.
“The community will expect the new dialysis unit and chairs to be installed at Ingham Hospital as soon as possible and I will continue to work with all stakeholders, including Health Minister Yvette D’Ath, to make sure that happens. Ingham has already waited too long for this service,” Mr Dametto said.
“My focus now turns towards lobbying for funding for a CT scanner and emergency department upgrades at Ingham Hospital, as well as a timeframe for construction of the announced $6 million Burdell ambulance station.
“Regional Queensland deserves the same health services as our big city cousins. That’s why I will ensure Hinchinbrook’s future and current needs remains one of my top priorities.”