Member for Lismore, Thomas George, said 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,” Mr George said.
“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.
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.
“Satellite dialysis is a contemporary model of care with many patient benefits,” Mr George said.
“The unit will be a wonderful complement to the planned $534 million Tweed Valley Hospital development.”
Patients from across the Tweed Valley who meet the clinical criteria will be able to attend dialysis at the Murwillumbah Unit once it’s operational.
Photo (left to right): Acting Director of Nursing, Murwillumbah District Hospital, Cheryl Colley; Acting Executive Officer/Director of Nursing, Murwillumbah District Hospital, Wendy Howell; Member for Lismore, Thomas George; NNSWLHD Director Clinical Services, Lynne Weir; NNSWLHD Manager Capital Assets & Resources, Peter Cleary; Woollam Constructions Project Manager, Tony Jackman; and NNSWLHD Capital Works Project Officer, Jacob Ben-Porat.