Funding for renal dialysis

A $5 million promise looks set to help people who travel for up to two hours for dialysis treatment at Gympie Hospital.

Queensland Health Minister Paul Lucas has announced the funding would be spent on six new renal dialysis chairs and a 22-bed rehabilitation ward at Maryborough Hospital.

“I know that renal services are a core priority for the Fraser Coast community, a fact this review confirmed,” Mr Lucas said.

“This means that by the middle of next year, Fraser Coast residents will be able to receive their dialysis at Maryborough or Hervey Bay hospitals.

“And it means the Maryborough Hospital has a very important future in the development of safe and sustainable health services on the Fraser Coast.”

The review also highlights the development of a new $8 million, 13-chair oral health facility to be built near the Hervey Bay Hospital – more than doubling the size of the current facility.

“And the $4.27 million Pathology Lab planned for the Hervey Bay Hospital is expected to be completed mid-2011.”

Gympie Times


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