ROGER Lynch wants to provide the Great Lakes community with as many public health services as possible.
And at yesterday’s grand opening of the new renal unit at Forster Private Hospital, you could tell he was very happy man.
Mr Lynch is the chairman of the Cape Hawke Community Hospital and Health Association.
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He said the new renal unit was the result of two years of planning and negotiating between the association, Hunter New England Health and Pulse Health.
What it means for about 20 public and private health haemodialysis patients in the area, they can now receive treatment closer to home.
Patients can expect treatment equivalent to that delivered at Manning Base Hospital.
The unit makes use of a state-of-the-art German-built reverse osmosis machine that uses heat, instead of chemicals, to sterilise the water used in dialysis chairs.
Mr Lynch said the renal unit went with other public services the hospital offered including chemo therapy and acute care.
The renal unit was funded by the association, will be operated by Hunter New England Health in a space leased out by Pulse Health.