Design award win for Mount Druitt’s dialysis gem

Health Infrastructure chief executive Rebecca Wark, Greater Sydney Commission Chief Commissioner Lucy Turnbull AO, WSLHD executive director of operations Robynne Cooke, Health Infrastructure project director Chris Horton and Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals’ acting general manager Ned Katrib with the Greater Sydney Commission award.

Mount Druitt Hospital’s community dialysis centre has been recognised for its outstanding design at the 2019 Greater Sydney Planning Awards.

The centre received a ‘highly commended’ award for Great Community Collaboration at this year’s awards ceremony, hosted by the Greater Sydney Commission.

Since opening its doors in 2018, the $3.5 million Mount Druitt Hospital community dialysis centre is providing dialysis services close to home in a welcoming, friendly and patient-centred environment.

The service was launched as part of the $700 million NSW Government Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals expansion project.

It includes 12 spacious treatment bays and an Indigenous-inspired garden for patients and carers, as well as dedicated parking.

To design the new centre, the Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals’ expansion team reflected on the needs of staff and patients, young people and older people, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.

Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals expansion project manager Robyn Campbell said the approach helped create a welcoming facility, that is deeply connected to the community.  

Politicians and staff
NSW Health Minister (far left) and the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian celebrate the opening of the new community dialysis centre in 2018. They are pictured here with staff from Western Sydney Local Health District and the new dialysis service.

“People spend up to six hours a day, three times a week in dialysis,” Robyn said.

“The challenge was to create a space which makes patients feel comfortable and welcome, supports them to stay engaged in their treatment, and helps maintain their quality of life comfortable and with dignity.”

With the current diabetes epidemic in western Sydney, the number of patients requiring dialysis is rising by four per cent each year. In Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, the risk is even greater.

A ‘Healing Garden; with its distinctive Aboriginal artwork was created as part of the Mount Druitt Hospital community dialysis centre in 2018.

Diabetes is a major risk factor for kidney failure, which requires renal dialysis for the rest of a patient’s life.

For more information about the Community Dialysis Centre visit http://www.bmdhproject.health.nsw.gov.au/Projects/Community-Dialysis-Centre