Dialysis unit opening in September

THE official opening of Cooma Hospital's new renal dialysis unit has been delayed until September, however hospital management has confirmed the unit will begin accepting patients from as early as August 11.

Expected to be unveiled on July, 8 the $1.7 million facility is still undergoing finishing touches, with the unit's furnishings still to be completed.

Cooma Hospital Manager Antje Badger says the renal unit is now in its finals stage of completion as the hospital prepares for incoming patients who now have a local option for treating kidney disease.

"We are finishing off the building and putting in the furniture," Ms Badger said.

"Hopefully an opening in early September will take place, however the renal unit will be open to patients from August 11."

The renal 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 facilitated through ACT health channels.

For many years the Monaro Renal Dialysis Group has been raising funds for a unit based at Cooma Hospital, which will allow patients to seek local treatment rather than having to commute to Canberra or Bega for dialysis treatment.

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