Health services for kidney disease sufferers, including in the nor-west, are earmarked for expansion.
The Waitemata District Health Board has invested $3.6 million in more renal services.
This will fund development of a new 18-station community dialysis facility on the North Shore and boost the existing capacity.
The renal service's clinical leader, Dr Walter van der Merwe, says the new facility will mean patients in Rodney and North Shore won't have to travel as far or wait as long for treatment.
Chief executive Dr Dale Bramley says the move is part of a long-term strategy.
Last year's first phase was the opening of the $9.2 million North Shore Dialysis Centre.
The second phase allows patients to manage their own dialysis without having to visit a major hospital site.
The planned 18-station community dialysis facility will complement the district health board's West Auckland facilities - a community dialysis unit and clinics at Waitakere Hospital.
It will take up to 72 dialysis patients a day and another 36 self-care patients to dialyse at night.
It will host a three training room peritoneal dialysis unit and an eight-station home haemodialysis unit catering for the training and ongoing care of home haemodialysis patients.
The planned third and final phase of the programme will see the establishment of vascular surgery and nephrology services in the district.
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