THE Labor spokesperson for Kiama Glenn Kolomeitz said the establishment of a fracture clinic at Shoalhaven Hospital was a grassroots entitlement for the local community.
The potential candidate for the state seat of Kiama said a fracture clinic should be established in the Shoalhaven.
“The establishment of a fracture clinic at Shoalhaven Hospital is a very good initiative,” he said.
“It is a fundamental local health issue.
“Where do people go if they can’t get a local service? They have to travel out of the area which defies logic.
“My wife is a rural GP and former ambulance paramedic and part of the Rural Doctors’ Network, while I myself am on the committee of the Rural Medical Families Network and these are issues we hear regularly.
“That committee is made up of people from around the state married to doctors and we meet and discuss issues that impact on our spouses and therefore our communities.
“To have people, especially the elderly, whose fractures can have significant ongoing implications, having to travel great distances to Wollongong Hospital is too much to ask.
“Not having a clinic locally loads an already burdened public health system.
“They are dropping the ball for the local community, especially the elderly and the young.”
He said the area had a large sporting and fitness community, where unfortunately fractures regularly occur. Having a local fracture clinic to address that is almost a prerequisite – a “no-brainer”.