The newly established renal haemodialysis service at Horowhenua Health Centre welcomed its first patients today.
MidCentral DHB’s aim with this facility is to bring services closer to home for those in the Horowhenua community, and one of the first people to receive dialysis today, Pat Hepi, says that it has definitely met that goal.
She said: “Having this service here in Levin makes a big difference for patients. People who used to get up first thing in the morning to catch a shuttle to Palmerston North can now drive a few minutes down the road, or even walk in some cases.
“For those of us getting haemodialysis three times a week, it makes a big difference to remove that extra travel time. This really is a big improvement for Horowhenua patients using the service.”
The new Levin-based service was planned using what is known as a ‘co-design process’. This means that MDHB worked with people who would use the service, and included them in the planning process to ensure it meets their needs.
As Pat explains, her input brought a unique perspective to designing the service, “I have a good relationship with the group involved in planning this service, and I was able to give feedback that was taken on board. Until you’ve sat in that dialysis chair and gone through the treatment, you can’t truly understand what it’s like. I am really pleased that I could be part of the process to bring this to our community here in Horowhenua.”
MDHB’s Operations Director, Hospital Services, Lyn Horgan is pleased to see the service up and running.
She said: “This service is the result of a lot of hard work from both MDHB staff and the wider Horowhenua community. We are always looking for ways to help people receive care closer to home, and the three dialysis chairs now at Horowhenua Health Centre will play a big part in this for renal patients.
“Removing the need for these patients to travel to Palmerston North Hospital several times a week will make a big difference in their lives. The positive feedback we’ve received about this service shows that it’s already making a difference.”
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