Call for orthopedics in Grafton


THE people of Clarence would no longer have to travel to Coffs Harbour or Lismore for orthopedic procedures from simply fractures to hip and knee replacements under a proposal being put forward by independent candidate for Clarence Richie Williamson.


Mr Williamson is urgently seeking a commitment from both sides of politics to immediately commit $600,000 so orthopaedic surgery can commence at Grafton Base Hospital.


“I have held discussion with a surgeon who is ready to start practice in the Clarence and deliver a service that the Clarence has missed out on for years,” Mr Williamson said.


“He is ready to make the Clarence home. The $21.7 million upgrade to the operating theatres has now finished, and this will be the first big surgical benefit for the people of the Clarence should the $600,000 be committed and will see Clarence patients being treated in the Clarence, which is something the community has been asking for.


“This is a major step forward for these types of operations in the Clarence.”

 The $600,000 is needed to buy the necessary equipment to make orthopaedic surgery at Grafton Base a reality.


“The theatres are ready for orthopaedic operations, there is no doubt there is a strong demand in the Clarence for these types of procedures, so let’s make sure the $600,000 is found and found this week,” Mr Williamson said.


Mr Williamson is hosting a health forum at Yamba in the Treelands Drive Community Centre on Friday, March 11, from 10.30pm.  Health campaigner Jim Agnew and Dr Alan Tyson will speak at the forum.

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