The $1.8m upgrade of the Toowoomba Hospital Renal Unit was officially opened by Darling Downs Health Board Chair Mr Mike Horan AM today.
Mr Horan said the upgrade and refurbishment of the unit was the third and final stage in Darling Downs Health’s Renal Services Uplift Project.
“The first stage was the installation in 2016 of five haemodialysis ports in Medical Unit Two (MU2), which allowed inpatients, some of whom are very unwell, to have their treatment in MU2, freeing up chairs here in the Renal Unit,” he said.
“Stage two was the construction of the Clive Berghofer Home Dialysis Service which opened on 22 May last year, and today we celebrate the final stage, the upgrade and refurbishment of the Renal Unit itself.
“It’s wonderful to see the increase in capacity with the number of haemodialysis chairs increased from 12 to 16, and the provision of state-of-the-art clinical facilities.
“I’d like to congratulate Executive Director Infrastructure Dr Paul Clayton and his team for overseeing this project which has also delivered an all-new reception and waiting area, plus upgraded staff amenities, telehealth facilities and consulting rooms.
“Nurse Unit Manager (NUM) Josie Skewes and her team did a tremendous job before and during the upgrade and I would like to say a special thank you to every member of the team for their tireless efforts in ensuring that all haemodialysis patients received the best care possible during the expansion.”
Mr Horan said the upgrade marked a new era for renal services across Darling Downs Health.
“The Toowoomba Hospital Renal Unit has around 130 patients, about a third of whom come to this unit for dialysis up to three times a week,” he said.
“It’s also the nerve-centre for the provision of renal services for other Darling Downs Health facilities providing haemodialysis, including Dalby and Kingaroy hospitals, and I think all would agree this is now a facility that you can be extremely proud of.”
NUM Josie Skewes said the completion of the upgrade had been well received by staff and patients.
“We are very happy to be able to offer these upgraded facilities to our patients, all of whom were extremely patient and understanding during the four-month construction phase,” she said.
“Since welcoming our patients back to the unit when construction finished late last year, we have received a constant flow of positive feedback, which has been really pleasing for everyone.
“I’d like to extend our sincere thanks to the Board for their support of this upgrade, and the entire Renal Services Uplift Project.”