Hostel for renal patients

Construction of Kununurra’s new $2.56 million hostel for renal dialysis patients is well under way with the facility set to open in the first half of 2017. The eight-bed facility will provide accommodation for people undergoing renal dialysis at Ord Valley Aboriginal Health Service in Kununurra.

"The building – adjacent to Kununurra Hospital on Chestnut Drive – was a key piece of infrastructure to meet kidney patient’s needs."
Bec Smith, Regional Director, WA Country Health Service

She said the building also included family and visitor areas to keep patients “closer to loved ones”. More complex cases would still require travel to Perth, Ms Smith said. Renal dialysis is used by people with kidney disease to remove waste and excess water from the blood.

There are currently 19 patients undergoing dialysis in Kununurra with conditions spread across the five stages of chronic kidney disease.

The project was announced in 2014 as a part of the $45.8 million Bringing Renal Dialysis and Support Services Closer to Home project, funded by the Commonwealth Government’s Health and Hospitals Fund.

New hostels will also be built in Fitzroy Crossing, Derby and Broome, as well as a four-chair renal dialysis centre in Fitzroy Crossing.

Pindan Contracting started work on the Kununurra project in January. 

Kununurra’s dialysis facility opened in 2002, the first Australian dialysis unit managed by an Aboriginal health service.

Source: Kimberley Echo

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