Dialysis facility to help Rocky

ROCKHAMPTON Hospital will soon find relief in a new satellite renal service being built in Gladstone.

The hospital is currently treating up to 60 patients from Gladstone, including five who are travel from Gladstone three times a week for dialysis.

“Rockhampton is a growing city and this new Gladstone renal service means freeing up more services for Rockhampton residents,” Premier Anna Bligh said.

“It will mean those Gladstone locals who travel to Rockhampton for their dialysis every week will now be able to receive their treatment in their own town and that means more treatment options in Rockhampton for locals.”

Premier Bligh said the service would be overseen by a nephrologist and skilled nursing staff from Rockhampton Hospital.

“These clinicians will play a critical role in helping train and support staff at Gladstone Hospital, with the aim of creating a sustainable service there within two years,” she said.

Member for Rockhampton Robert Schwarten said the new $2 million Gladstone renal facility would give a significant boost to health services in the Central Queensland region when it opens later this year.

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