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Counties Manukau DHB dialysis and cardiac facilities gets $14.6m upgrade

11 July 2019 Stuff - Hannah Martin, Danielle Clent

More than 100 “seriously unwell” people will benefit each week from a $14.6 million upgrade to Middlemore Hospital’s dialysis and cardiac facilities.

Health Minister Dr David Clark made the announcement at the hospital on Thursday morning.

Counties Manukau DHB has recently seen an increased number of patients requiring dialysis, which it said was a “significant concern”.

Dialysis is used to keep people alive when their kidneys fail by cleaning and filtering blood and removing excess fluid.

The dialysis unit was “over capacity”, had “inadequate toilet facilities for patients and staff”, lacked storage and was “not fit for purpose”, the DHB’s Hospital Advisory Committee (HAC) heard last month.

Clark said the DHB would self-fund the $14.6m high dependency dialysis unit and cardiac catheter laboratory services expansion.

“I’m very pleased to have approved this Counties Manukau project,” Clark said.

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