Dialysis services a cause to celebrate

JOB WELL DONE: Pat Weir and dialysis patient June Parker celebrate the opening of the new renal unit Dalby Hospital.
JOB WELL DONE: Pat Weir and dialysis patient June Parker celebrate the opening of the new renal unit Dalby Hospital. Julia Baker

DALBY Hospital was the place to be this week when it threw a party to celebrate the opening of its renal unit with some special guests.

Acting executive director of medical services from Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service, Martin Byrne, and Member for Condamine, Pat Weir, officially launched the unit on Wednesday, alongside hospital staff, patients and the public with morning tea.

Nev Volker and Leanne Parker first advocated for the unit more than a year ago and were on hand cuta specially made cake.

A former dialysis recipient, Mr Volker travelled to Toowoomba for more than 15 months for treatment and after undergoing a transplant.

With Ms Parker, he approached Mr Weir to lobby for a local service.

Ms Parker's mother June received dialysis in Dalby for the first time last week.

"I am ecstatic. I am pleased for the community because renal problems are something that are growing,” Mr Volker said.

Mr Weir said it was almost a year to the day since Mr Volker and Ms Parker walked into his office to propose a local service.

He said he had always supported the proposal but the implementation of the unit was a challenge.

"We put the issue to the Minister but we didn't get a positive response at all,” he said.

"We knew it was going to be a struggle but once we got the Darling Downs Health Service on board that's when it started to gain traction.

"A lot of credit has to go to Nev and Leanne and the team at the Dalby Hospital, they are the ones that really pushed for it.

"It's just such a great day, it's great to see the smile on the face of (dialysis patient) Mrs don't get many wins in opposition in government and it really reinforces why you do the job.”

Mr Byrne said community members had to be commended for their hard work.

"There's a lot of dialysis patients and people in the community...I'd like to thank them for working hard to achieve this and also for the health service for putting it in place,” he said.

"Today's about saying 'here's a service we've been providing to people in Toowoomba and it's a good service but it's not local'.”

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