Concept plan unveiled for new renal dialysis unit

The Marshall Liberal Government today unveiled the concept plan for the $2.1 million renal dialysis unit upgrade at Mount Gambier Hospital that will provide world-class care for the community.

Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said the concept plan shows the renal dialysis unit expansion and upgrade will provide six treatment bays in a new section of the hospital and prioritise patient-centred care and comfort.

“We know that demand for renal dialysis treatment in Mount Gambier is high, and this expansion and upgrade will ensure locals and people throughout the region can receive high quality care as close to home as possible,” Minister Wade said.

“The new state-of-the-art unit will provide the highest quality of care for renal dialysis patients in Mount Gambier and the surrounding areas.

“This is a first glimpse at what the new renal dialysis unit may look like, and we will consult with the community to refine the plans.

“Patients can expect outstanding treatment in the renal dialysis unit, with brand new equipment and renal dialysis chairs.

“I would also like to thank the local community members who have so generously supported the expansion by donating to the fundraising effort led by the Mount Gambier Health Advisory Council.”

The new renal dialysis unit will feature five spacious treatment bays, an isolation bay with a sixth chair complete with ensuite, a waiting room for families, clean and dirty utility rooms, a shared kitchenette, toilet facilities, a much-needed store room, and all new windows to create a light-filled space.

Country Health SA (CHSA) South East Acting Regional Director, Ngaire Buchanan, said the new unit will be comfortable and spacious for long-stay patients receiving treatment.

“The concept plans are a reflection of a robust planning process, with clinicians engaged in sharing their views on what should be included in the new unit,” Ms Buchanan said.

“We also have a kitchenette for families to use as well as blanket warmers and other important necessities for patients to feel comfortable throughout their treatment.

“I would like to thank everyone involved in this planning process, which will guarantee we have the necessary blueprint to ensure patients receive a high level of care throughout their visits to the unit.

Construction plans of the new renal dialysis unit will go to tender in March 2019. The unit is expected to be completed in November 2019.

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