Patients who rely on life-saving kidney dialysis can now receive treatment on their doorstep, with the opening of a new satellite renal unit at Murwillumbah District Hospital.
Member for Lismore, Thomas George, officially opened the $1.1 million unit last week, which will cater to residents across the Tweed Valley.
“This service is a great addition to the wonderful Murwillumbah Hospital, and is designed to meet projections for future demand as our population ages and grows,” Mr George said.
“Satellite dialysis is a contemporary model of care with many patient benefits.
“Anyone who has undergone dialysis knows the toll it takes on their body, their family and their life.
“The additional capacity provided by this satellite renal unit will create benefits for all patients in the region. It will be a wonderful complement to the planned Tweed Valley Hospital development.
Murwillumbah District Hospital will remain open after the construction of the new $534 million Tweed Valley Hospital.
Mr George said the instillation of the new unit shows the NSW Government is committed to keeping the Murwillumbah Hospital open and operating as a valuable component of the public health network which provides services to the Tweed/Byron region in conjunction with The Tweed Hospital.
“We recognise the important role Murwillumbah District Hospital plays in delivering health services to the Tweed Valley communities.
“The facility and staff at Murwillumbah are highly valued, and they form an integral part of our network of health services,” Mr George said.
Planning and consultation for the design of the new unit was undertaken by Northern NSW Local Health District Management in conjunction with clinicians from Murwillumbah District Hospital and The Tweed Hospital.
The project was partially funded by the NSW Government’s Rural Health Minor Works Program.
As part of the extensive planning process for Tweed Valley Hospital, NNSWLHD will consider the range of clinical services to be provided at Murwillumbah moving forward.
Top image: From left, NNSWLHD Board Member Dr John Moran, Acting Chief Executive NNSWLHD Lynne Weir, patient Shirley Keever, Murwillumbah Deputy Director of Nursing Kylie Willmen, and Member for Lismore Thomas George.