The machines and chairs have arrived, building work is nearly complete, and staff are ready. All that is needed is the patients and they are waiting excitedly for the renal haemodialysis service which will be operating out of Horowhenua Health Centre by t
The three-chair facility is an investment in the Horowhenua community, and a sign of MidCentral DHB’s commitment to provide services closer to home.
As a result, some patients no longer have to travel to Palmerston North several times a week to receive dialysis treatment.
Lyn Horgan, Operations Director, Hospital Services said: “Having this renal service established in Horowhenua will make a big difference to dialysis patients in the district. The new service will be based out of the STAR 4 ward at Horowhenua Health Centre, and we are currently finishing off the construction work required for this to operate properly.
“There’s a lot involved in getting a service like this off the ground. The room needs to have plumbing well organised, as dialysis machines use on average 80 to 90litres of water per treatment. The electrical work also has to be up to a high standard, known as ‘body protected’ to ensure no electrical problems could impact patients.
“Our four haemodialysis machines have arrived, along with four specialised dialysis chairs. Only three machines will be in operation at a time, with one as a spare. Importantly, we also have a senior renal nurse who is excited to get started at this new service.
“As this is a smaller centre, without a renal specialist – known as a nephrologist – on site, we will be taking patients who are stable and not complex. We have been communicating with local dialysis patients to make sure everyone knows what the situation is, as more complex patients will still have to travel to Palmerston North Hospital.
“This new service in Horowhenua is part of a larger project to improve our renal services, including a big push to help people carry out more dialysis at home.”
The first patients will begin treatment later this month, with an official opening of the unit to happen in May.
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