Calls for more specialist services in Bowral Hospital seem to have finally been heard, according to Member for Southern Highlands Peta Seaton.
Ms Seaton said she was encouraged by her meeting with South West Area Health Board CEO Ian Southwell last week and believes the message is at least getting though to health officials.
“I understand that as far as the SWAHS is concerned it is a costly process to provide the equipment for certain specialists to use,” Ms Seaton said.
“But clearly, we have a demonstrated need in the Southern Highlands, one which will not go away.
“Top of list for the specialist service most requested through my office is ophthalmology in the public hospital.
“People, particularly the elderly, do not want to travel away from their homes and their families to access ophthalmological services but without public services available they have no choice.
“This often makes it very difficult for partners to travel with them and even more difficult if the patients have to travel by public transport.
“I also discussed the local need for urology, renal satellite services, oncology and an extension to geriatric services.
“I have urged for Bowral Hospital to be allowed to supply the services that local people often travel to other hospitals for – usually taking the dollars from our local health system budget with them.
“If we keep patients here and encourage other doctors to work here we’d build a better critical mass at Bowral public hospital.
“We also discussed the difficulty that confronts Wollondilly residents as they are between two districts when it comes to accessing hospital services.
“They can either go to Campbelltown or Bowral, but, if given a choice, most apparently choose Bowral.
“I asked for ways in which this accessibility could be made more convenient for people.”
Ms Seaton said she was encouraged by the meeting and by the acknowledgement given by Mr Southwell that the Southern Highlands had an urgent need in terms of specialist services.
“Mr Southwell agreed to keep me informed of development and I look forward to a positive news hopefully in early 2001.”
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