Kempsey hospital redevelopment to offer home dialysis training
Minister for Rural Health Fiona Nash and Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker have inspected the progress of the joint Australian-New South Wales Government funded $81.9 million redevelopment of the Kempsey Hospital.
An expanded renal dialysis service at the hospital will include a home dialysis training centre which means patients and their carers will no longer have to drive hundreds of kilometres to the Northern Rivers or Hunter to access this important training.
The redeveloped hospital will also include increased capacity for dialysis patients in the region.
“The Mid North Coast region is currently experiencing a vast increase in patients with renal conditions,” Minister Nash said.
“Currently, the Kempsey Hospital has five to six dialysis chairs, but with the redevelopment they will have the capacity for up to nine chairs, plus room to expand in the future.
“This means we are able to service more people who really need our help,” Minister Nash said.
Mr Hartsuyker said the redevelopment would increases capacity in a range of health areas and services to the rapidly expanding Mid North Coast region.
“The redevelopment of the hospital means that there will be new services available to not only patients but also to their families and carers such as the Home Dialysis Training Centre,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
“The Kempsey Hospital redevelopment will include an expanded emergency department, new x-ray, ultrasound and medical imaging equipment and establishment of an integrated community care centre,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
The Australian Government is providing $40 million towards the redevelopment through the Health and Hospital fund, matching the NSW Government’s $41.9 million investment.
The Federal Government provided $4.9 billion in funding in 2014-2015, and will provide a further $6 billion in 2018-2019 to upgrade NSW hospitals.
The Kempsey Hospital redevelopment is expected to be completed by mid-2016.