THE Kidney Foundation of Fiji will soon have an outpatient diagnostic centre by June next year.
The foundation laying ceremony for the new facility was held on Tuesday.
Foundation president Dewan Maharaj said he was happy the construction had finally started.
"In the past, we used to have patient referral from CWM Hospital for dialysis treatment. And this was only at the very late stages into patients' kidney infections," Mr Maharaj said.
"This new centre will be specifically for kidney diagnosis and it will save a lot of lives because patients can get diagnosed early before their infections get too serious."
The new facility will also have a blood laboratory and plans are also in the pipeline to set up an online service where the foundation experts can stay in touch with overseas medical counterparts to discuss patient cases.
"By June 2014, the facility should be fully operational.
"It will not be a free service as doctors and facilities have to be paid and maintained but patients can be rest assured they will receive top class and professional services," Mr Maharaj said.
The facility costs $420,000 and an additional $30,000 will be spent on furnishing.
The new centre is located next to the existing kidney foundation building at Extension Street in Suva.