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New mental health facilities for Proserpine

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REFURBISHMENT works to deliver Proserpine’s new community mental health centre, at 32 Chapman Street, are progressing well.

Contractors Taylor Builders Townsville advise that they are on track for completion in August 2024.

Following the relocation of the Greater Whitsundays Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs Service (AODS) to the new centre, work will begin on the construction of a new, four-chair renal dialysis unit at Proserpine Hospital.

Contractors are now busy on the internal fit-out to house the Greater Whitsundays Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs service, currently operating out of the Proserpine Hospital.

The internal works under way at present are the framing and sheeting of internal partitions and the installation of internal ceilings.

This work is part of a $7m capital project that includes construction of a renal dialysis unit at Proserpine Hospital and staff are looking forward to adding renal haemodialysis to the services provided locally.

Patients in the Proserpine, Cannonvale and Airlie Beach area who currently require dialysis travel to Bowen and Mackay two or three times a week for care.

The Proserpine renal unit will be a satellite service supported by the Mackay Base Hospital Renal Unit and will be for stable patients.

“This is a positive step forward to increase space for those seeking mental health and AODS support,” chief executive Susan Gannon said.

“And it will provide access in a purpose-fit building that is separate to the Proserpine Hospital.  

“In relation to the planned renal service, we have already seen what a difference a dialysis unit at Bowen Hospital is making for people with chronic kidney disease in our region, and we look forward to being able to provide that service in Proserpine for stable patients.”

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