Unit build begins
Renal service to open January
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.