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Katoomba Dialysis Centre staff and patient

Katoomba Community Dialysis Centre staff with Yin Yeong Ng who currently travels to Penrith to receive dialysis.

Katoomba community dialysis centre open

25 Jun 2019

 

A new $4.7 million community dialysis centre at Blue Mountains Hospital will bring essential dialysis services much closer to home when it opens on Monday 1 July 2019.

Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District Chief Executive, Kay Hyman and Professor Jeremy Chapman, Head of Western Renal Services joined Aboriginal Elder, Paul Glass, hospital staff and community members for a traditional smoking ceremony to cleanse the new dialysis centre before the doors open to patients.

Guests were also given a preview tour of the contemporary and bright new building located on the north eastern side of the campus.

Katoomba Community Dialysis Centre interior

Artwork on the walls and large windows help to bring a calm atmosphere to the new Centre.

Kay Hyman says the new facility will operate as a satellite centre for the Western Renal Service which runs inpatient and outpatient dialysis treatment for Westmead, Auburn, Blacktown, Mt Druitt and Nepean Hospitals.

“The new centre brings essential dialysis services much closer to home for Blue Mountains and Lithgow patients, which will be life-changing for patients who require frequent dialysis treatment,” says Ms Hyman. Ms Hyman is looking forward to opening the door to patients in the coming weeks.

“The new purpose-built centre features six spacious dialysis treatment spaces which were designed in consultation with staff and patients. It also features an abundance of natural light and uplifting local artwork to promote healing and well-being,” says Ms Hyman.

The satellite service will open to patients from Monday 1 July. Patients should speak with their renal specialist to discuss their eligibility for this service.

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