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June 2013

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Maryborough District Health Service Executive Director Nursing Fiona Brew, CEO Glenis Beaumont and Board of Management President Wendy McIvor with Department of Health Secretary Pradeep Philip.

Maryborough dialysis service expanded

Department of Health Secretary Pradeep Philip has officially opened Maryborough District Health Service’s dialysis unit extension.

The unit has been extended from four to six chairs, enabled by funding of $83,000 from the Department.

The Maryborough District Hospital Auxiliary also donated $9500 to purchase a chair and medication fridge.

The extension and refurbishment to the dialysis unit is already making a real difference – the extra space and privacy important to patients who require dialysis up to three times a week.

The increase in the number of chairs has enabled more people to receive dialysis, rather than having to travel to Ballarat for treatment.

The extended unit also offers a waiting area for families and carers.

And it has increased opportunities for enrolled nurses who have undertaken additional training and gained further skills.

‘The unit is now operating more efficiently and we are investigating ways in which we can utilise this space further as we consider establishing a limited chemotherapy service,’ said MDHS Executive Director of Nursing Fiona Brew.

Chief Executive Officer Glenis Beaumont said she was delighted that Dr Philip had accepted the invitation to open the extended dialysis unit and was grateful to the Department for its funding.

Dr Philip said he was embarking on a program of visits to each Department Region to learn more about the health needs of patients and current issues and to meet staff and service providers.

‘We all know the challenges our health system faces,’ Dr Philip said.

‘The social, economic and environmental landscape as we have known has changed.

‘And while excellent work is already underway much more needs to be done.

‘Each of us has a role to play.’

Dr Philip said the tyranny of distance and the goal of providing care as close to a patient’s home as possible had been an enduring challenge for every health system in the world.

‘I know you feel this problem acutely in regional and rural Victoria and there is even more impetus and opportunity to innovate,’ Dr Philip said.