A LOCAL diabetes sufferer claims she is being unfairly treated by Griffith Base Hospital.
The disgruntled Yenda resident, with a severely infected foot ulcer, is being forced to travel into Griffith for
treatment because she lives two kilometres outside the distance allowed for the Community Acute Post Acute Care (CAPAC) program.
Maureen Ritchie was being treated at home through CAPAC, a service which provides hospital care in the home, but after three days of home visits she was told because of the 2km discrepancy she would have to travel in for treatment.
“I feel like I’m being discriminated against because of 2km,” she said.
“I had the ulcer removed two weeks ago and at the moment it’s healing nicely, but they keep telling me to keep off it and then they turn around and say I have to come in every day.”
Ms Ritchie has to travel into Griffith every day to have antibiotics administered through a peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) line.
Every second day she has her wound redressed.
“They came out three days and then stopped,” she said.
“They told me if it was 20km or less they would still come.
“It doesn’t state in their brochure anywhere that there is a distance limit.
“They are giving me $50 for petrol but we have a pretty unreliable car so that’s about half a tank.
“But it’s not about the money.
“It’s the principle of them not providing a service.
“What about elderly residents – I’m thinking of them too.
“I think that 2km is a pretty bad excuse.”
Murrumbidgee Local Health District chief executive Susan Weisser said staff at Griffith Base Hospital were working with the patient to ensure the best possible treatment for her condition.
“Murrumbidgee Local Health District will continue to review and discuss the patient’s ongoing care with her to ensure the highest quality of treatment is provided,” Ms Weisser said.