New Dialysis Unit Opens

Honorable Member for Wannon, Mr. Dan Tehan officially opened the redevelopment of East Grampians Health Service Dialysis Unit on Monday.

Mr. Dan Tehan said “I was delighted to accept the invitation to open the new Dialysis Unit at East Grampians Health Service, as we know there are more challenges facing our health systems and there is a growing demand for Dialysis treatment in our community, this is a tremendous outcome for Ararat and surrounding districts.”

The existing dialysis facility was only designed in 2004 to accommodate two chairs. Now we have a facility that has 6 chairs which will be much more functional for patients and staff, and will meet the extra demand for treatment.” said Mr. Tehan

East Grampians Health Service Board President Mr. Nick Bush said “The refurbishment of the new Dialysis Unit has enabled the Health Service to expand services from four to six treatment chairs and with the capacity to expand the service in the future.”

“The expansion of dialysis services is making an enormous difference, creating more room and privacy for patients who require dialysis treatment three times a week.”

“With an increase in the number of patients accessing the service, this has enabled more patients to receive treatment locally, rather than having to travel to Ballarat.” said Ms Staley

East Grampians Health Service Chief Executive Mr. Nick Bush highlighted that “the Dialysis unit is now operating more efficiently and offers a waiting area for families and carers.”

Mr Bush said “It is encouraging to see Federal and State Governments working together to support health initiatives such as the Dialysis Unit to help regional and rural Victoria”

Photo courtesy of the Ararat Advertiser: New dialysis services expanded at East Grampians Health Service to assist with increased demand for treatment in the region.