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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Dialysis clinic needed in Digby

Maxine Connell, member of Digby Elementary School Advisory Committee, raises concerns regarding school board budgets at the WCS Coalition information meeting held at the school on Nov. 1. Karla Kelly photo
Maxine Connell, member of Digby Elementary School Advisory Committee, raises concerns regarding school board budgets at the WCS Coalition information meeting held at the school on Nov. 1. Karla Kelly photo

DIGBY – In reference to the May 17 issue of the Tri-County Vanguard, “Dialysis Questions Remain,” I offer the following: my sympathies go out to the people in Barrington as well as to all people wherever they reside in Nova Scotia, who require this life-saving treatment.

The need for a dialysis clinic at the Digby General Hospital is great. Installation of dialysis machines in existing underutilized space would serve approximately 30 people in our area who require this service. The space is there, but the dialysis machines are not.

Utilization of this underutilized space would serve the Town and Municipality of Digby, the Town and Municipality of Annapolis, Bear River, Clementsvale, Clementsport, Digby Neck and Islands.        

To Leo Glavine, Minister of Health and Wellness, please note that our patients have the furthest to travel of any patients in Nova Scotia for this life-saving treatment. Imagine crossing two ferries, a 60-minute boat trip prior to reaching the mainland, then another 30 miles to travel before reaching Digby only to begin another 70 mile trip, or a one-hour-and-15-minute drive before reaching Yarmouth for a four-hour treatment, plus the return trip home. Now try this three times weekly. An endurance exercise for a well person, let alone a P.K.D. patient.

You can also add to this our unpredictable stormy winter weather as this is a year round, rest-of-my-life treatment.

           

L. Maxine Connell,

Smith’s Cove, Digby County

 

The need for a dialysis clinic at the Digby General Hospital is great. Installation of dialysis machines in existing underutilized space would serve approximately 30 people in our area who require this service. The space is there, but the dialysis machines are not.

Utilization of this underutilized space would serve the Town and Municipality of Digby, the Town and Municipality of Annapolis, Bear River, Clementsvale, Clementsport, Digby Neck and Islands.        

To Leo Glavine, Minister of Health and Wellness, please note that our patients have the furthest to travel of any patients in Nova Scotia for this life-saving treatment. Imagine crossing two ferries, a 60-minute boat trip prior to reaching the mainland, then another 30 miles to travel before reaching Digby only to begin another 70 mile trip, or a one-hour-and-15-minute drive before reaching Yarmouth for a four-hour treatment, plus the return trip home. Now try this three times weekly. An endurance exercise for a well person, let alone a P.K.D. patient.

You can also add to this our unpredictable stormy winter weather as this is a year round, rest-of-my-life treatment.

           

L. Maxine Connell,

Smith’s Cove, Digby County

 

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