Barbecue provides pile of goodies for renal unit

February 10, 2018

(From left) Nurse Belinda Larcombe, Service NSW customer service representative Sally-Anne Wall, Renal Community Working Group member Pat Cockayne, Wilma Vandenburg from Deniliquin Service NSW, and nurse Kayla Hussey with the new kitchen items purchased for the renal unit.

The proceeds from a simple sausage sizzle have helped provide a pile of new goodies for the soon-to-be-completed Deniliquin Renal Dialysis Unit.

The barbecue, hosted by Deniliquin’s Service NSW Centre in Cressy St last November, raised $775 through the sale of sausages in bread, as well as complementary drinks.

A few generous donations also helped the local team exceed its original goal.

‘‘It was such a fun and rewarding day that caused interest in our community with people still wanting to make donations after the event, which was fabulous,’’ Service NSW Customer Service Representative Sally-Ann Wall said.

Murrumbidgee Local Health District’s Renal Stream Manager Kelly-Anne Marchioni said the donation was just another example of the community spirit that has assisted in the renal unit project.

“These individuals and groups will be recognised on an acknowledgment wall in the new unit,” Ms Marchioni said.

“We are extremely grateful to everyone for their generous donations which will be used for additional items to improve the comfort of people having treatment at the new unit, as well as their families.’’

The $965,000 refurbishment of the former Maternity Unit for the new nine-chair Renal Dialysis Unit at Deniliquin Health Service is due for completion later this month.

Ms Marchioni said donations and assistance have also been gratefully accepted from the Renal Community Working Group, Local Health Advisory Council, Naponda Hospital Auxiliary, Edward River Council, Deniliquin Lions, Deniliquin Soroptimists and Deniliquilters & Friends.

Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH) also continues to support the education of staff and the service.

‘‘It is a wonderful partnership that benefits the community of Deniliquin,’’ Ms Marchioni said.

Dr David Rutherford from Albury has been providing a specialist Nephrology (kidney disease) clinic in Deniliquin as part of the partnership with RMH. Patients can be referred by their local GP.

If other local community groups or businesses would like to be part of the project, donations can be left at Deniliquin Hospital reception.

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