Unit build be­gins

Re­nal ser­vice to open Jan­uary

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - OUT & ABOUT -

Con­struc­tion of the new nine-chair re­nal dial­y­sis unit at the De­niliquin Hos­pi­tal has be­gun.

Min­is­ter for Health Brad Haz­zard said Al­bury-based Joss Group had been awarded the con­tract to con­struct the $960,000 unit.

Mur­rumbidgee Lo­cal Health District ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of mid­wifery and nurs­ing Karen Cair­ney said Joss Group has con­tracted lo­cal com­pa­nies to as­sist.

The satel­lite re­nal ser­vice — to open in Jan­uary next year — will more than dou­ble the ca­pac­ity of the ex­ist­ing in­terim four­chair unit.

‘‘This sig­nif­i­cant en­hance­ment to re­nal dial­y­sis ser­vices for the De­niliquin com­mu­nity and sur­round­ing ar­eas means an ad­di­tional five pa­tients can re­ceive vi­tal treat­ment each week with­out hav­ing to travel,’’ Mr Haz­zard said.

‘‘The De­niliquin Re­nal Model of Care Com­mu­nity Work­ing Party, the Lo­cal Health Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee and wider De­niliquin com­mu­nity have worked hard to ad­vo­cate for this ser­vice and I’m very pleased to be able to de­liver it for them.’’

The process of gain­ing the per­ma­nent re­nal dial­y­sis unit started with a pub­lic meet­ing held in De­niliquin in Novem­ber 2015.

Af­ter al­most a year of cam­paign­ing by the com­mu­nity group, the NSW Gov­ern­ment pledged $1 mil­lion to es­tab­lish the per­ma­nent ser­vice.

In the in­terim, a tem­po­rary ser­vice was set up in another part of the hos­pi­tal to pro­vide treat­ment im­me­di­ately.

The per­ma­nent ser­vice is be­ing built in the former ma­ter­nity ward at the rear of the hos­pi­tal. It will ac­com­mo­date up to nine pa­tients three days per week.

Ms Cair­ney said five De­niliquin Hos­pi­tal nurses have now been trained to ad­min­is­ter the treat­ment. She said a sixth per­son join­ing the nurs­ing staff at De­niliquin has pre­vi­ous dial­y­sis train­ing.

There are cur­rently four pa­tients re­ceiv­ing three dial­y­sis treat­ments each week at the tem­po­rary ser­vice.

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