$1.8m clinic boost for renal patients

Alicia PereraPilbara News

Construction of a $1.8 million dialysis clinic in Roebourne that will give a treatment boost to local patients with advanced kidney disease is due to start this month.

The design and construction tender for a four-chair, community-supported home dialysis unit in Roebourne has been awarded to WA company Mitie Construction, which is expected to start work on the project at the end of the month.

The dialysis clinic, being built by WA Country Health Service, will be constructed on the grounds of Mawarnkarra Health Service and replace an existing two-chair facility at the site, giving more residents access to specialist renal treatment and support.

WA Country Heath Service regional director Margi Faulkner said the clinic would provide better resources closer to home for people living with kidney disease.

“The new purpose-built renal unit will provide a community facility in which local residents with end-stage kidney disease, who currently undertake home dialysis, can perform their own treatment,” she said. “The expanded facility will have four renal dialysis chairs in order to meet the future demand of the service. The facility will also accommodate end-stage kidney disease support services.” Diabetes WA statistics show 10.7 per cent of Roebourne residents are living with diabetes, one of the major causes of end-stage kidney disease, compared to the national average of 5.1 per cent.

The planned clinic is part of the Federal $45.8 million Bringing Renal Dialysis and Support Services Closer to Home program, announced in 2014, which aims to provide 17 dialysis chairs and 92 hostel beds across regional WA.

The Roebourne unit represents stage 2 of the program after a 12-chair dialysis unit was installed at Hedland Health Campus in South Hedland in stage 1.

The clinic is expected to be completed by mid-2018 and will be operated by Mawarnkarra.

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