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Upgraded Renal Unit goes live

Wednesday 31 March 2021

More patients with kidney disease can receive treatment at Wagga Wagga Renal Unit, as it is the first service to move to the new Health Services Hub.  

An extra 16 people can receive their dialysis each week and training opportunities for clients have doubled when the expanded Unit opened in the Health Services Hub on Monday 29 March.

The Hub is the centrepiece of the third and final stage of the $431 million Wagga Wagga Health Service Redevelopment.

Murrumbidgee Local Health District’s (MLHD) Chief Executive Jill Ludford said, “Operational commissioning of the Health Services Hub is underway in preparation for the staged transfer of approximately 60 health services currently located in various types of accommodation on the Wagga Wagga Base Hospital campus and in other locations in Wagga Wagga.

“The transfer of staff and services into five floors of the Health Service Hub is being undertaken as a staged process due to the number of services relocating and to ensure the ongoing delivery of high-quality health care services to our community.”

Image: Wagga Wagga Renal Unit staff in the new Health Services Hub include Manager Anoop Achankunju Kaippusheriyl, Nurse Deanna Perkins and Nurse Smruthi Bhaskar.

MLHD’s Renal Stream Manager Kelly-Anne Marchioni said, “In addition to extra dialysis chairs, our home training unit doubled to four chairs in the new building to educate and empower consumers on either home haemodialysis or home peritoneal dialysis,” Ms Marchioni said.

Other services will transfer into the Health Services Hub from Friday 30 April 2021, with most services anticipated to be transferred by Tuesday 4 May 2021.

Clinicians providing some health services in the community, such as aged care, will transfer from the refurbished Peter Street site into the Health Services Hub later.

“Patients, clients and consumers for all the services in the new building will be kept up-to-date by their clinicians about the impact of the move on their individual appointments and treatments,” Ms Ludford said.

“Thank you to our staff, patients, clients, consumers and visitors for working with us during the staged transfer of services into the new building.”

Further information about the Redevelopment and the services transferring into the Health Services Hub is available here.  

Last updated: 30 April 2021