Renal unit one step closer for Murwillumbah

Work has now started on the satellite renal unit in Murwillumbah. Photo supplied.

Site works are underway for a satellite renal dialysis unit at Murwillumbah District Hospital.

Patients in the Tweed Valley will benefit from the networked service enabling residents to access dialysis in the heart of Murwillumbah without needing to travel to Tweed Heads.  

‘This is a fantastic service, not only for the Murwillumbah community, but for the entire Tweed Valley, said Member for Lismore, Thomas George.

‘The additional capacity provided by this satellite renal unit will create benefits for all patients in the region, as it’s designed to meet projections for future demand.’

Tweed Shire’s growing and ageing population contributes to a high occurrence of kidney disease compared to elsewhere in NSW. Satellite dialysis is considered a contemporary model of care with many patient benefits.

 Planning and consultation for the design of the $1.1 million unit has been undertaken by Northern NSW Local Health District Management in conjunction with clinicians from Murwillumbah District Hospital and Tweed Hospital. Funding for the project comes from the NSW Government’s Rural Health Minor Works Program.

 The unit is expected to be completed in mid-2018.

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