Ready to roll

Sharon Bennett is the Nurse Unit Manager for the new Renal Unit at Cooma Hospital, she awaits the arrival of four additional nurses to the unit.

Sharon Bennett is the Nurse Unit Manager for the new Renal Unit at Cooma Hospital, she awaits the arrival of four additional nurses to the unit.

COOMA Hospital has appointed three new nurses to its new renal dialysis unit, with the official opening only weeks away.

On Tuesday, July 8, the unit will be unveiled to the community; fully equipped to provide dialysis treatment to locals suffering from kidney disease.

Sharon Bennett is Nurse Unit Manager for the renal unit and says the hospital's interview process went well, as they looked for four nurses to cover shifts in the facility.

"We have decided upon two enrolled nurses and one registered nurse at this stage, we are awaiting approval from the NSW recruitment system," Ms Bennett said.

"There is still an advertised position for another registered nurse which closes on Monday, June 16.

"My role has a clinical component to it, so I'll be also working with patients as well."

The renal unit will provide a local treatment option for Cooma residents currently requiring dialysis or who will do so into the future. Currently locals must travel to Queanbeyan to utilise dialysis treatment.

"Four residents require renal dialysis in Queanbeyan, they leave around 7am and don't return till the afternoon," Ms Bennett said.

"They do this three times a week."

The new $1.7 million dollar unit will provide four treatment chairs, with space for an additional four chairs.

Currently there is a self-treating unit at Cooma Hospital which is run by the ACT.

For many years the Monaro Renal Dialysis Group has been busy raising funds and generating awareness for the need of a renal unit in Cooma.

"It's been a long process, the renal group have been active in the community," Ms Bennett said.

"They firstly lobbied for the transport to Canberra and then Queanbeyan about seven years ago.

"Now we have the renal unit which is great."

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