The Victorian Government has delivered a new world-class renal dialysis service in Melbourne’s south east, giving patients with kidney disease the lifesaving care they need, closer to home.
Minister for Health Infrastructure, Mary-Anne Thomas, announced the opening of the $4 million purpose-built dialysis service at Monash Health’s Kingston Centre, which features 12 new treatment spaces to meet growing local demand for dialysis services.
Funded as part of the Metropolitan Health Infrastructure Fund (MHIF), she said the service has been designed to ensure patient comfort and reduce costly and time consuming travel for treatment – while also ensuring a more efficient working environment for staff.
“The new dialysis service at the Kingston Centre is delivering world-class care for local patients on their doorstep – reducing travel time and ensuring they are closer to home and the support of their loved ones,” the Minister said.
“MHIF is allowing our health services to make important infrastructure improvements, expandingcapacity, improving patient care, and enhancing working environments for staff.”
Providing increased opportunities for surgical transplants and home-based dialysis, it replaces temporary facilities at Monash Health’s Moorabbin and Cranbourne campuses and is operational three days a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
MHIF has previously funded $1.4 million for Monash Health’s Medical Centre to upgrade and expand the Maternity Clinic, ensuring the hardworking team can provide better access to prenatal care services for expectant mums in Melbourne’s south east.
More broadly, MHIF provides metropolitan health services with funding to undertake construction, remodelling and refurbishment projects, as well as equipment, information and communication technology and other vital upgrade works.
“The new renal dialysis facility at Monash Health will help meet growing demand for this critical health service in the south-east, with the bonus of ensuring patients can receive the highest standard of care closer to home,” said Member for Clarinda, Meng Heang Tak.