$6.3 million, 20-bed renal hostel underway in Derby
$3.6 million, four-chair renal dialysis unit underway in Fitzroy Crossing
Both facilities due for completion in 2017
Some of the most vulnerable patients in the Kimberley will benefit from two new renal facilities now underway in Derby and Fitzroy Crossing, thanks to a co-operative approach between the Liberal National Government and the Australian Government.
Health Minister John Day today announced that construction was well under way on a $6.3 million purpose-built 20-bed renal hostel in Derby and a $3.6 million four-chair renal dialysis unit in Fitzroy Crossing.
"These state-of-the-art facilities will allow more people to receive life-saving kidney dialysis treatment and support, close to their families," Mr Day said.
"The Derby hostel will include 10 single-bed rooms and five twin-share rooms, each with an ensuite bathroom.
"There will also be a kitchen, dining and lounge areas, shady verandahs, an outdoor barbecue and a children's play area. It will be a comfortable and welcoming 'home away from home' that allows patients and carers to rest and recuperate from the rigours of dialysis treatment."
Fitzroy Crossing's new dialysis unit is being built adjacent to the hospital and close to a 20-bed renal hostel already under construction.
"This unit will have four treatment chairs, including one in an isolation room, along with a separate consultation room with videoconferencing capability," Mr Day said.
"Each dialysis bay will have Telehealth capability, plus a television to make the time spent receiving dialysis more pleasant."
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the new facilities would reduce the need for people to travel to Perth and bring social and economic benefits for communities.
"This investment will enable people in the Kimberley region living with renal disease and whose condition is suitable, to have treatment closer to home where they can be better supported by friends and family," Mr Redman said.
"Quality health care is a priority for all families and I am pleased that Royalties for Regions is helping to close the gap in patient outcomes for regional Western Australia."
In addition to the Fitzroy Crossing and Derby facilities, work is underway on providing an eight-bed renal hostel in Kununurra and a 20-bed renal hostel and support centre in Broome.
The Liberal National Government in conjunction with the Commonwealth is continuing to support the provision of care closer to home through the expansion of renal dialysis and support services across country WA, increasing the total number of dialysis chairs to 109, along with construction of supporting renal hostels
The Fitzroy and Derby facilities are among six new projects being constructed on behalf of the WA Country Health Service across the Kimberley as part of the Australian Government's $45.8 million Bringing Renal Dialysis and Support Services Closer to Home project
The project will expand the number of renal chairs in the Kimberley to 30, with 49 dedicated renal hostel beds
Additional renal facilities will also be constructed in Kalgoorlie, Esperance, Carnarvon and Roebourne, along with extra support facilities in Geraldton and Port Hedland
The WA Country Health Service in conjunction with the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council provides renal services for chronic kidney disease patients across the Kimberley, including dialysis and renal support services
Aboriginal people from remote areas have incidence rates of end-stage kidney disease up to 30 times higher than the national incidence rate
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