Dial­y­sis

New fa­cil­ity opens in Roe­bourne

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ali­cia Perera

A $1.8 mil­lion, four-chair home dial­y­sis ex­pan­sion in Roe­bourne that will give more lo­cal kid­ney dis­ease pa­tients the abil­ity to re­main in town while re­ceiv­ing treat­ment was opened by Mawarnkarra Health Ser­vice staff and WA Health Min­is­ter Roger Cook at a com­mu­nity event last Wed­nes­day.

The Warawarni-Gu Maya Com­mu­nity Sup­ported Home Dial­y­sis fa­cil­ity is an ex­pan­sion of a pre­ex­ist­ing two-chair clinic on­site at Mawarnkarra that has been sup­ported by Fed­eral Govern­ment fund­ing and takes the ser­vice to a to­tal of six chairs, boost­ing lo­cal treat­ment op­tions for dial­y­sis pa­tients.

Mawarnkarra deputy chair­woman Jolleen Hicks said there was a high level of need for dial­y­sis within the Roe­bourne com­mu­nity and this would al­low more peo­ple to re­ceive it while re­main­ing on coun­try and close to fam­ily and friends.

“Just about ev­ery fam­ily in the com­mu­nity has been af­fected by some­one pass­ing away from kid­ney fail­ure . . . and a lot of peo­ple in the later stages of their lives don’t spend it at home or with fam­ily be­cause they have tra­di­tion­ally had to re­lo­cate,” she said.

“This (fa­cil­ity) al­lows peo­ple to know that they will spend that time at home and with their fam­i­lies, and pos­si­bly longer than what they would have if they were trav­el­ling away.”

About 500 peo­ple in and around Roe­bourne have Type 2 di­a­betes and about 60 are close to the point of need­ing re­nal dial­y­sis, but un­til Mawarnkarra opened its orig­i­nal two-chair cen­tre res­i­dents could only ac­cess dial­y­sis in Hed­land or Perth.

The ex­panded Roe­bourne fa­cil­ity will be able to ac­com­mo­date six to 12 pa­tients, de­pend­ing on their ro­ta­tion, and users will also have ac­cess to a con­sul­ta­tion room with tele­health fa­cil­i­ties where they can speak to a spe­cial­ist. In fu­ture Mawarnkarra plans to hire per­ma­nent med­i­cal staff to as­sist pa­tients at the fa­cil­ity. The clinic will be­gin op­er­a­tion in a fort­night.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Perera

Mawarnkarra Health Ser­vice chief ex­ec­u­tive Joan Hicks, chair­man Richard Ansey and Deputy Premier and Health Min­is­ter Roger Cook in­side the Roe­bourne home dial­y­sis clinic.

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