Concept Plan released for Mount Gambier Hospital renal unit

The Mount Gambier Hospital renal dialysis unit is set to undergo a $2.1 million upgrade, with the Concept Plan (PDF 2MB) for the expansion now finalised.

Country Health SA South East Acting Regional Director, Ngaire Buchanan, said the upgrade will ensure Mount Gambier’s renal unit can meet future demand.

“The expansion of our Mount Gambier renal unit from four to six chairs will ensure more patients can receive dialysis closer to home, rather than having to travel to Adelaide for treatment,” Ms Buchanan said.

“The release of this Concept Plan is an important step in this exciting project to upgrade the renal dialysis services. This new unit will be a welcome addition to the hospital and I would like to extend my thanks to everybody involved in the planning process,” she said.

Concept Plan released: (L-R) Director of Medical Services SE Region, Dr Chris Tan; South East Governing Board Chair, Grant King; Mount Gambier Renal Unit Nurse Unit Manager, Nebu Mathew; Minister for Health and Wellbeing, the HON Stephen Wade MLC; Acting Regional Director SE, Ngaire Buchanan; Acting Regional Director of Nursing SE, Michelle de Wit.

Mount Gambier Acting Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Pam Schubert, says staff and the local community are excited about the upgrade.

“This expansion further recognises Mount Gambier’s role as one of the most important health care providers in the South East,” Ms Schubert said.

“I understand we are the only site in the region where patients can receive dialysis. The community can be rest assured they will continue to receive world-class care at our facilities,” she said.

Mount Gambier Renal Unit Nurse Unit Manager, Nebu Mathew, says the new renal unit will have a number of new features, which will make dialysis treatment more comfortable for patients.

“The new unit will be more spacious for our long-stay patients,” Mr Mathew said.

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

Country Health SA expects construction plans of the new renal dialysis unit to go to tender in March 2019.

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