Member for Murray Austin Evans proudly opened Griffith Base Hospital’s (GBH) temporary Renal Dialysis Unit today, as part of Stage 1 works on the $35 million Griffith Base Hospital (GBH) redevelopment.

Mr Evans the opening marks a significant milestone in the redevelopment of our base hospital.

“I am very impressed with these new expanded facilities, which will provide increased serviceability and comfort for patients and medical staff”.

Murrumbidgee Local Health District Chief Executive Jill Ludford said the building would provide increased renal capacity to Griffith and surrounding communities in an area with significant renal dialysis demand.

“GBH’s temporary renal dialysis unit will see the new service expand from seven to 10 chairs as well as two additional home training chairs,” Ms Ludford said.

“Until redevelopment is complete, it will extend the number of chairs as well as provide new hemodialysis training, so patients can stay in Griffith to learn how to self-dialyze.”

MLHD Renal Stream Manager Kelly-Anne Marchioni said the long standing GBH Renal Dialysis Unit had reached its capacity.

“In order to meet the growing demand we saw the need to expand this service which is operating six days a week,” Ms Marchioni said.

GBH General Manager Dr Elizabeth Harford said the expanded service has included extensive consultation.

“A user consultation group including staff and members of the Aboriginal community have been involved in the development of the refurbishment,” Dr Harford said.

“The design of the temporary unit took into account a number of suggestions from Aboriginal people and has a real focus on natural lighting and views to an outside landscaped area.”

The $35 million is in addition to $647,400 allocated to the Renal Dialysis Unit and $500,000 for a maternity unit upgrade.

Planning for further Stage 1 Griffith Hospital Redevelopment is well underway.