Dialysis unit set for May completion

EXCITEMENT is growing with the completion date of Cooma renal dialysis unit rapidly approaching.

Cooma Health Service manager Antje Badger said the unit is progressing well.

"It is really starting to take shape and it is now possible to envisage the size of the unit," Ms Badger said.

"It is expected the renal unit building works will be completed in May this year.

"Work has begun choosing furniture, fittings and equipment for the unit with hospital staff and community members."

Ms Badger said the recruitment of the nurse unit manager has begun and the position is being advertised.

"We are hoping that a nurse unit manager will be in place soon to work on the policy and procedures and education structure for the unit.

"Staff recruitment will be undertaken following appointment of the nurse unit manager.

"It is very pleasing that so many local staff are showing interest in this area," Ms Badger said.

Monaro Renal Dialysis Group chair, Dugald Mitchell said the group had considerable funds to contribute to the purchase of furnishings for the renal unit through the generosity of the local community.

"This project is very much a partnership with the Southern NSW Local Health District, the Cooma Health Service and the local community," Mr Mitchell said.

Mr Mitchell said there may be people or community groups who would like to be involved in providing a range of fittings to make the unit as comfortable as possible for patients and encouraged them to contact Antje Badger or himself.

For more information, contact Dugald Mitchell on 6452 3424, or Antje Badger at the Cooma Hospital on 6455 3222.

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