ALL hope is not lost for Griffith diabetics, with a local support group vowing to fight to retain the city’s clinic following the retirement of visiting specialist Professor Dennis Yue.
Griffith Branch of Australian Diabetes Council started bringing the diabetes outreach clinic to Griffith from the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital two decades ago, but Professor Yue announced his retirement earlier this month.
President Tom Marriott said he would do whatever he could to ensure the service continued.
Mr Marriott has already sent off a number of letters requesting assistance.
“We haven’t got anything concrete yet, but Murrumbidgee Medicare Local is looking at ways to try and perpetuate the service,” he said.
“I’ve also written to Professor Steven Twigg, who has been coming with Professor Yue, reassuring him that we’d like to continue the clinic.
“I want to make everyone aware we’ve got the funds available to keep this going thanks to the support of local people. The money that flows in from donations is amazing.”
Mr Marriott said despite no definite plans, he was certain the clinic, which operates three times a year, would continue to help hundreds of locals.
“I’m pretty confident we can work something out for next year,” Mr Marriott said.
“We would welcome people to come along to our meetings with ideas. We need local diabetics to come and have a say in their future.”
The Griffith branch meets every third Wednesday at 1pm – except during December and January –at the Mirrool Room at the Griffith Ex-Servicemen’s Club.