MURWILLUMBAH SATELLITE RENAL UNIT RECEIVES $400,000 FUNDING
Renal dialysis is set to be provided in Murwillumbah following the NSW Ministry of Health announcement of $400,000 funding for Murwillumbah District Hospital (MDH) to provide a six-chair satellite renal dialysis unit.
The service will be a satellite service of the Tweed Byron Health Service Group Renal Dialysis Service which currently provides in-centre and home-based renal dialysis services to the residents of the Tweed Local Government Area (LGA), Byron LGA and residents of the southern Gold Coast SLAs.
“The $400,000 funding from NSW Health will provide the opportunity to commence the planning and design consultation phase for a purpose-built facility to address the need for in-centre renal dialysis in the Murwillumbah area”, Member for Lismore Thomas George MP said.
“This funding will enable the establishment of a six-chair Renal Dialysis Unit at MDH to provide in-centre haemodialysis to patients with stable, dialysis-dependent kidney disease.”
NNSW LHD Chief Executive Wayne Jones said this was great news for those local renal dialysis patients who currently travel to The Tweed Hospital for treatment.
“Once completed, a local dialysis unit at MDH will give back a huge amount of time to these patients that I am sure they will welcome,” Mr Jones said.
“The Tweed Valley population growth and the growing ageing population, combined with the significant Aboriginal population, have all contributed to an increasing prevalence of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in the region which supports the development of the satellite renal dialysis service at MDH.”