Jim McGinty

Jim McGinty

Attorney General; Minister for Health; Electoral Affairs

    Community partnership brings dialysis services closer to home

    20/05/2008 12:00 AM

    A unique community partnership between the State Government, St John of God Hospital and the Sussex Masonic Lodge will allow Busselton dialysis patients to receive the treatment they need closer to home.


    Health Minister Jim McGinty said the State Government had spent $300,000 on the new unit, with an additional $130,000 contributed by the Sussex Masonic lodge for the purchase of equipment.


    “This unit will instantly improve the quality of life of five Busselton renal patients, who up until last month, had to travel to Bunbury three times a week, every week for treatment,” Mr McGinty said.


    “The six-chair unit has the capacity to handle 1,872 treatments each year, or up to 12 patients per week.


    “Located in Busselton District Hospital’s former Peppi Lodge, the unit is licensed as a private hospital facility and will be operated by St John of God Hospital, Bunbury.


    “In addition to the $300,000 spent to refurbish Peppi Lodge, the State Government will spend a further $600,000 each year to provide dialysis services to the Busselton community, along with St John of God Hospital.”


    South-West MLC Adele Farina, who officially opened the unit today, said she was thrilled that Busselton dialysis patients would now receive the treatment they needed locally.


    “By working together, the community has achieved something remarkable and unique for Busselton,” Ms Farina said.


    “The unit will provide dialysis patients with the care they need now, with capacity for more patients into the future.”


    General manager of St John of God Health Care WA Regional Health Services Mark Grime said South-West communities now had far greater access to specialist health services as a result of the State Government and St John of God Health Care working together.


    “Given the growing demand and continuing pressure placed on the existing dialysis service, the completion of the new unit in Busselton will benefit the regional communities in the South-West and ensure they have access to the same high quality health care as their metropolitan counterparts,” Mr Grime said.


    St John of God Hospital Bunbury has provided renal dialysis services in the South-West since 1999 and provides 3,400 treatments per year to residents of the South-West.


    The Busselton renal dialysis unit will transfer to the new Busselton Hospital when it opens in 2010.


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