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TAS Country : December 23rd 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010 Tasmanian Country 7 YOUR SAY tas.country.com.au 2020478-101217 Used Stock Clearance Health debate makes me feel ill STRETCH: The Wayatinah Volunteer Ambulance service covers from the Dunrobbin Bridge to way the other side of mount Arrowsmith. You seldom see us because we often operate when you are tucked up in bed or at work. Our rest and work isputonholdsowecan attend to your health problems.' THE letter from Ross and Mary Mace and an article quoting long time Central Highlands residents Tiger and Gaye Hills and even the more reason- able comments of John and June Pilcher have done more harm than good. While controversy sells papers the people of the Central Highlands de- serve better from a very good niche newspaper like yourselves. At the first letter, I was annoyed and the second article just left me sad. Ross's comments simply further the split in the community on health matters. How can Mr and Mrs Hills comment on how the new system works when they state they have never been inside the new facility and never will? If we take the emotive talk away, the Pilchers' comments were the only ones with any substance in that most if not all of the Central Highland residents who think about it regret to some degree or the other, the loss of the aged care beds provided in the area. To look at Ross's comments, the ''war crimes'' statement is clearly emotive and is surely designed to inflame emotions. While the first points he raises may be reasonably accurate, he is living in the past and should move on. The new service covers a much broader range of activities and health services and I am sure the DHHS employees based in the Health Centre are extremely proud of what they have achieved in such a short time. They must also feel some hurt for such public criticism, however. As to his recommendations, while the building was known as a hospital, the services he refers to have not been there for some time. We have an excellent GP for a lot of the time but it would take about six doctors to give round-the-clock care seven days a week. Even if it were possible to find them. Many people are living out their lives in the Central Highlands through the new system where home based pack- ages are allowing more to stay much longer with their families with regular visits from the Health Centre staff. The really saddening part of Ross and Mary's letter for me was the criticism of the Ambulance Service. I am one of a group of dedicated Volunteer Ambulance Officers based in Wayatinah. There are others based at Bothwell, Maydena and Miena. The Wayatinah Ambulance covers from the Dunrobbin Bridge to way the other side of mount Arrowsmith. You seldom see us because we often operate when you are tucked up in bed or at work. Our rest and work is put on hold so we can attend to your health problems. We are not paid and we are not paramedics and our care is primary but we are the first responders who can stabilise injuries, give oxygen or pain relief and if necessary CPR. We regu- larly transport patients to rendezvous with paramedics. We are well trained on a continual basis but are always backed up by paramedics from the nearest available station or by the recue helicopter. It is not unusual for three ambulances to be sent and this happened recently in Ouse and again at Brady's Lake. As volunteers, we are sometimes not available, but when we are on call we are able to respond 24 hour a day seven days a week. If Ross were to be honest, his advice to be prepared to rush sick or injured to the Royal in Hobart is very bad advice as one can not concentrate properly on driving with a loved one in agony beside you. Much better to call an ambulance. It is time to accept change, Ross. I can only suggest the Maces, Hills and the Pilchers, as well as anybody else who has concerns about health services in the Central Highlands, call in and see Sandy and see the wonderful work now taking place there. It will open your eyes. DAVID McMILLAN Wayatinah Highlands need more than hub IN her article published in Tasmanian Country (December 17, 2010), Judy Wiggins has missed a very important point in her reply to the published letter from Ross and Mary Mace. They clearly state they want the services currently provided by the ''Hub'' and so important to Judy, to continue. The argument of the wider Central Highlands Community is if these exist- ing services were delivered from a multi-purpose service providing sub- acute, aged, and palliative care beds 24/7 52 weeks of the year, our health service would cater for the needs of a much larger proportion of the people living, working, transiting, or holiday- ing in the Central Highlands. We are saying a combination of the current Health Centre (Hub) and an MPS is what the Central Highlands needs and acknowledge the great work being carried out by Tracy, Sandy, and their team at the Hub. I am however at a loss to know where in the Central Highlands you can have a carer from the ''Hub'' arrive immedi- ately and an ambulance in 15 minutes, as stated by Judy. I, as a volunteer with the Tasmanian Fire Service, have seen first hand the delays in waiting for emergency ser- vices to reach an incident in the bush. From inclement weather to wrong directions and lack of local knowledge. Recently at a community event I attended, the Westpac Rescue Helicop- ter was requested to respond to a medical incident by attending Ambu- lance staff, a second ambulance arrived and they waited for the chopper to arrive. In the time it took the chopper to respond you could have driven to the Royal Hobart Hospital. Myself and a majority of the com- munity of the Central Highlands fully agree we require the services supplied by the current ''Hub'' combined with those supplied by an MPS. THOMAS and ELISE SHOOBRIDGE Cleveland Pastoral Estate Ouse Let's hear from you Send your opinion to letters to the editor, Tasmanian Country, 93 Macquarie St, Hobart, Tasmania, 7000, fax to (03) 62300711 or e-mail tas. country@ dbl.newsltd.com.au. Letters to the editor are submitted on condition that Tasmanian Country and licensed third parties have the right to reproduce them electronically. Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service Export Reforms Find out more Australia s agricultural export industries are working with AQIS to reform export certification. This is part of the Government s $127.4 million Export Certification Reform Package. 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