After a 15 year fight, renal services are finally coming to Bowral and District Hospital.
It’s been a long and sometimes arduous campaign for the community-based Southern Highlands Renal Appeal.
The group has raised more than $700,000 for what they hoped would someday become a reality, and today (November 2) they will learn they have taken a huge leap towards their goal.
Wollondilly MP Jai Rowell said he was very excited to announce that renal services were coming to Bowral.
“As a result of the [Southern Highlands Renal Appeal’s] recent meeting with NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard, the minister has listened to the community and we are getting the services we need,” he said.
“The South Western Sydney Local Health District board is planning to extend renal services to the Southern Highlands.”
Extra staff will be put on to provide the service.
Patients with less-complex clinical needs will have support closer to home.
Prior to this announcement patients had to travel to Campbelltown, Liverpool or city hospitals for treatment.
“This is a win for Wollondilly and the Southern Highlands,” Mr Rowell said.
“It is often elderly people who need these services so now they won’t need to travel a couple of hours each way to access the treatment.
“Hopefully this will prevent premature deaths of people who have renal failure.”
Mr Rowell said that for more complicated cases, patients would still need to travel as “under the current method’.
“To have a level of renal services in the Highlands is fantastic news, I am so pleased to announce this,” Mr Rowell said.
The extension of renal services is part of a $50 million investment into the upgrade of the hospital.
Details are still being fine-tuned with more detail to be announced.