Moree’s new $2million renal unit to treat patients by Christmas

MEMBER for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall has inspected construction progress on the new, purpose-built, $2 million Renal Dialysis Unit at Moree District Hospital this week.

The new eight-chair unit is being built adjacent to the existing hospital and will herald a new era in renal treatment in Moree, according to Mr Marshall, with a more spacious and comfortable area for patients and hospital staff.

“This new unit is being built with the future health care needs of the Moree district in mind, equipped with three extra chairs compared with the existing facility, which was completely funded by the local community,” he said.

“There will also be an isolation chair, for patients at risk of infection or require private treatment – that’s something we’ve never had before in this community.”

Since turning the first sod of soil on the project with Mayor Katrina Humphries in April, Mr Marshall said construction was progressing well and the new unit was on track to be open and treating its first patients before Christmas this year.

“The hospital staff, current patients and the community has been watching the construction with great interest and excitement,” Mr Marshall said.

Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, left, and Hunter New England Health Mehi Sector General Manager David Quirk outside the new renal unit construction site

“I’m really pleased with the progress so far and the news that everything is on track for completion in November, which will allow the first patients to be treated in the new and expanded unit before Christmas this year.”

Mr Marshall said local patients with end-stage chronic kidney disease were not able to access their treatment at home and Moree Hospital was often at capacity in trying to accommodate demand for dialysis.

“I’ve spoken with a number of locals who have had to endure the six-hour round trip to Tamworth three times each week for dialysis treatment,” Mr Marshall said.

“This situation is out of reach for many and debilitating for those who can and now there is hope with this new unit being built.

“Hospital staff and the local support volunteers need to give themselves a well-deserved pat on the back for helping secure this new facility, as well as providing care to patients even when resources were stretched.

“Extra shifts were run to by Moree Hospital Staff to accommodate as many patients as possible and the original Unit was funded by members of the local Community thanks to the efforts of the Moree Renal Support Group.”

Mr Marshall said the new facility has been designed to modern standards and will be spacious with a pleasant outlook. The additional room means renal patients are able to more easily have visitors with dialysis often taking many hours. The new eight-chair facility will replace the old five-chair facility and is being built by regional company Rice Construction.

Media Release: July 13, 2018

In other local news, Moree is celebrating 100 years of rugby league in Moree. Click the following links to read about Moree’s rich rugby league history:

“Newlo” remembers the Boars’ 1988 grand-final win – a golden year for Moree rugby league

When I called Geoff Newling last week and asked if he could send me – short-notice – his recollections of Moree Boars’ 1988 grand-final win against Gunnedah, he had several hundred words back to me within a few hours.

This was despite pressing freelance commitments and deadlines – the type of deadlines that offer remuneration and remittance advice.

But that’s the sort of bloke he is, and when it comes to penning words about rugby league, or any other sport, there is none finer than Geoff Newling.

Geoff was a journalist at the Northern Daily Leader in Tamworth from 1986 and sports editor from 1989 until 2016.

It was those years – all 30 of them – that I had the pleasure, and privilege, of sending racing and general sports and news articles, as well as images, to one of the greatest sports editors that ever sat behind a desk.

Click link to read Geoff Newling’s memories on the 1988 grand-final – one of the first of many that he covered – between Moree and Gunnedah:

Eddie Lumsden’s boys did Moree proud 50 years ago – and Eddie still raises a glass to their success

THE Moree under-17s rugby league side – coached by former St George great Eddie Lumsden – utterly dominated the 1968 Group 5 season by generating a series of wins that peaked with a narrow grand-final triumph against Inverell.

They became known across north-western NSW in the late 1960s as ‘Eddie Lumsden’s Boys’ and created a unique slice of Moree’s rich rugby league history when half a century ago they marched through the under-17s competition undefeated.

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Moree’s U-18s and U-16s league sides shone brightly during a stellar 1973 season

MOREE’s rich rugby league history, stretching back 100 years, is punctuated with myriad stellar seasons and unforgettable highpoints.

The 1970s was an incredible decade for The Big M – a defining 10-year timeframe that produced 16 grand-final wins across four grades.

Stars were born, and the more durable just kept shining, during an historic 10 years of local rugby league.

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PART ONE: Rugby league has been played in Moree for 100 years – and Alf Scott has been around for 94 of them

RUGBY league has been played at competition level in Moree for 100 years – and living treasure and local league historian Alf Scott has been around for 94 of them.

And, incredibly, for 71 of those 94 years, Alf has been directly involved at club and group level with the game that he loves.

Alf has been kicking goals for nearly as long as the game of rugby league has been played in Moree and he remembers with absolute clarity every try scored, every goal kicked and every tackle made – and every player involved.

And he has kept a meticulous eye on the ball for nearly every one of those 100 years.

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PART TWO: Alf Scott prepares to leave Moree, leaving a lasting legacy to local rugby league

The Moree Boars centenary ball on July 21 will celebrate 100 years of rugby league in Moree – but it will also serve as a farewell of sorts to a Moree resident that has been a loyal servant to the town, and the game of rugby league, for more than 70 years.

Moree will be left much the poorer when local rugby league pioneer Alf Scott leaves the district to be closer to family.

Alf, now 94, was born and bred in Moree and, apart from a four-year stint in the Australian Army between 1942 and 1946, has been a resident of the town his entire life.

And he has served Moree well.

Click link to read part two of the feature on local rugby league legend Alf Scott:

Moree Boars’ centenary celebrations night-of-nights looms large

MOREE Boars Rugby League Football Club is packing down for one of the most important nights of its long and cherished history when former and current players, committee members, officials and supporters come together to celebrate 100 years of rugby league in Moree.

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Pop-up museum planned to coincide with Moree rugby league’s centenary ball this month

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Uni Shield 45-year reunion to be a highpoint of Moree Boars’ centenary celebrations

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