Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Your View: Hospital shock

OH dear, the thought of the wonderful Yorketown Hospital ceasing most operations seems to have come as a bit of a shock to people living at the bottom end as they contemplate the ramifications of this decision.

I am one of many who had not read a word or heard a whisper of this, so this may be why apparently hardly anyone had registered a complaint.

One thing that has occurred to me is the southern Yorke Peninsula has a high proportion of older people, so what about the affect this closure will have on the families and friends of patients?

Visits from loved ones contribute significantly to a patient’s sense of wellbeing, and can be vital even for such mundane things as bringing those forgotten items — spare glasses, teeth, clean nightie, book, et cetera.

The YP Community Transport bus takes hours and does not cover the whole area. Using one’s own car will be expensive. I really do believe the loss of a local hospital will have a negative effect on any future population. YP is currently a popular retirement area, which helps maintain the prosperity of our community. After all, would you choose retire to an area where the nearest hospital is two or three hours away? What affect will this have on property values?

Margaret Woods, Minlaton

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