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Hospitals 24 February 2020

Video story: New dialysis unit complete at Shepparton Hospital

Please note: As of 1 February 2021, the Victorian Health and Human Services Building Authority (VHHSBA) became the Victorian Health Building Authority (VHBA).

A new dialysis unit at Shepparton Hospital is now treating twice as many patients and reducing wait and travel times.

The 16-bed dialysis unit features state-of-the-art equipment.It provides increased privacy and comfort for patients and their families.

The dialysis unit is part of the $229.3 million redevelopment of Shepparton Hospital. The redevelopment will deliver new and expanded facilities to ensure people can access first-class care–closer to home.

The redevelopment will provide 36 treatment spaces. There will be nine short stay beds for patients who need care for less than 24 hours.

The project will also deliver 64 inpatient beds, 10 intensive care beds, eight operating theatres and a new kitchen.

The redevelopment is being delivered in partnership with Goulburn Valley Health and will be completed in 2021.

Learn more about the Shepparton Hospital via our dedicated project page.


IMAGES: The entrance and signage to Goulburn Valley Health’s Shepparton Hospital is seen through trees

Voiceover: So I’ve got what’s called polycystic kidneys and it’s inherited. I’d had three children and I was about 34-35 when I found I had it.

IMAGES: A sign to Dialysis unit, then we see Jane Reynolds, a dialysis patient who is talking.

Text: Jane Reynolds, patient

Voiceover: And when I first heard it I thought I was going to die. I cried for three days, I can remember that.

IMAGES: An elderly man in the dialysis chair with a nurse taking readings

Text: Graeme Green, patient

Voiceover (Graeme is talking): I had a kidney out 25 years ago and I just lived my life the same. Well I’ve been eating the same stuff for 70 years. And then they say one day you can’t do this. And you can’t drink. I found that hard. I’m still finding it hard.

IMAGES: close up of blood cleansing in the dialysis machine, then a view of Jane reading her ipad in the dialysis chair

Voiceover (Jane is speaking): It was quite a shock to start with, but you gradually get used to it. It’s like being a part of a little family really.

IMAGES: we see Donna Sherringham talking, followed by close-ups of dialysis equipment in operation, and Graeme reading a paper in his dialysis chair

Text: Donna Sherringham, Executive Director, Clinical Operations

Voiceover: We were the only regional running a dialysis unit 24 hours a day, six days a week. And that still was not meeting the demand of the community. A large number were travelling to Melbourne three times a week. They would drive from here, two hours, then have the treatment which could be four to six hours, and then drive back.

IMAGES: Traffic along the highway to Shepparton, then Graeme talking from his dialysis chair

Voiceover (Graeme is talking): I was doing dialysis at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne, so I’d leave home at ten to six in the morning. It was twelve and a half hours a day.

IMAGES: Jane talking from her dialysis chair

Voiceover (Jane is speaking): You’ll only live 7 to 12 days if you don’t have it, so you do need to keep coming in

Text: The new 16-bed dialysis unit has doubled the number of dialysis chairs at the health service

IMAGES: Front door of the dialysis unit, Jane reading in her chair, and a view down the unit corridor. Donna Sherringham talking.

Voiceover (Donna is talking): A number of patients have had to delay moving into dialysis. So it’s really bringing services back to the community. It’s state of the art, there’s a real positive feeling in both staff and patients.

IMAGES: Jane talking from her dialysis chair

Voiceover (Jane is speaking): It’s bright, it’s light. We can individually turn our lights off and on. So before we had to ask the nurses.

IMAGES: Various patients in the unit, Donna talking in her office.

Voiceover (Donna is talking): There are better efficiencies that we actually get from that space, and it gives the person the ability to have treatment, still be connected to the other patients that are in the facility, but also have space to themselves. It’s better for patient’s privacy when a doctor comes in to see them.

IMAGES: Jane talking from her dialysis chair, then Graeme talks from his chair

Voiceover (Jane is speaking): When their relatives come in it’s much easier for them to talk, they don’t have to be hushed.

Voiceover (Graeme is talking): It’s a magnificent place.

Text: The unit is part of a $229.3 million expansion at Goulburn Valley Health, including an expanded emergency department, more inpatient beds and additional operating theatres.

IMAGES: Donna Sherringham talking. Aerial shots of the major expansion construction, and Donna walking with other staff members

Voiceover (Donna is talking): It’s been really good for the organisation just to get a taste of what the new development’s bringing. We have increasing demand on our sevices. We are increasing the number of our theatres and our beds. People will actually be able to get services here at Goulburn Valley Health which they may have had to access in Melbourne. It’s just an amazing experience for the patients, their families and the staff.

IMAGES: Graeme talking from his dialysis chair

Voiceover (Graeme is talking): The professionalism of these girls here is magnificent. They’re angels.

A sliding transition screen then displays the Victorian Health and Human Services Building Authority logo, the web address vhhsba.vic.gov.au and the Victoria State Government logo.

End of transcript.

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Last updated: 24 February 2020