Home Hill News

More Renal Nursing Staff for Hospital

THE days of Home Hill dialysis patients travelling 100km for renal treatment could soon be over, according to the State Member for Burdekin, Dale Last, after a recent announcement that additional renal nursing staff would be employed at the Home Hill Hospital. 

After community lobbying brought the need for increased use of the renal facility to the fore, Mr Last said dialysis patients were still on a waiting list to use a facility in their own town, but news that a new renal nurse could soon be recruited was welcomed. 

“It is incredibly concerning that while Home Hill has been in a unique position, where there are spaces for renal patients, they were not able to benefit all renal patients in the community, because there simply wasn’t the staff,” Mr Last commented. 

“I am advised that the recruitment campaigns for a Clinical Nurse and Registered Nurse for the Home Hill facility have recently closed, with the panel now commencing the selection process, which is a great step forward for more dialysis spaces in Home Hill.” Mr Last said ensuring more dialysis patients were able to receive treatment without having to travel to Townsville was a positive outcome for the entire health service, not just now but into the future. 

“Having these facilities in a small town are invaluable, not only to current patients but any future patients needing dialysis treatment,” he said. 

“The announcement that more residents on dialysis would be able to use the facility is great news.”

“I am sure that after six months of waiting, those patients, many of whom are elderly, will be looking forward to not having to drive 100km down the road to receive dialysis treatment.”