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Chairs bring fresh hope to sufferers
Patient Bruce Polak with unit staff, left to right, Paula Scholte, Darlene Fay, Barbara Fieberg, Lorraine Walcott, Yan Yi and Kim Tracey.

For Leonora-born Bruce Polak, the addition of seven new dialysis chairs to Kalgoorlie Hospital could allow members of his family to return to the Goldfields.

Earlier this week, the Federal Government announced a $56.3 million funding package to boost services for people suffering from chronic kidney disease in regional WA.

Under the funding, Kalgoorlie Hospital will receive the new chairs as well as a 19-bed hostel for patients to stay in while receiving treatment at the health campus.

Esperance Hospital will also receive two dialysis chairs for the first time.

With 700 Goldfields residents suffering from chronic kidney disease, the new chairs are a welcome boost to local services.

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