The first sod has been turned at Blue Mountains District ANZAC Memorial Hospital to mark the start of construction on a new $4.7 million satellite renal dialysis centre.
The facilities will be life-changing for local renal patients, many of whom travel to Nepean Hospital up to three times a week for treatment. With six new state-of-the-art dialysis chairs, the centre will be able to treat up to 24 patients per week.
The Blue Mountains Satellite Renal Dialysis Centre will relieve pressure on the Nepean Community Dialysis Centre which services a large geographical area and growing population. It means that Blue Mountains patients can be treated locally when their condition is stabilised.
The final designs for the renal dialysis centre were completed earlier this year, following an extensive planning and consultation period with hospital staff, renal specialists and renal patients who live in the Blue Mountains area.