KIDNEY patients in the Western Division needing urgent dialysis can get the vital treatment at the Western Dialysis Centre free.
This is after the Health Ministry and the centre signed a memorandum of understanding in Nadi yesterday.
Health Minister Dr Neil Sharma said the service was a milestone achievement for ministry and for the centre.
"The Ministry of Health has gone into an agreement with the centre to be able to provide support and dialysis for patients that need it," he said.
"In the past, this sort of treatment was done in Suva but now with this new agreement, patients from the West can go to the Nadi-based centre to get dialysis treatment.
"This will provide these patients access in the West instead of travelling all the way to Suva.
"With the government funding, this is another way where we are trying to rationalise the services that we provide."
He said the Western Dialysis Centre run by the Zen Medical Clinic was an ideal place for patients from the West.
"We note that this is a great facility which looks after a great number of patients needing dialysis treatment."
Dr Sharma again stressed the importance of people taking heed of health advice from medical professionals especially those who suffer from non-communicable diseases.
"We take into account the fact that diabetes is a very important NCD and that a lot of people may know or not know that they are suffering from diabetes.
"It is the complications from diabetes that kill and we need to look after ourselves."