Some of Horowhenua’s diabetic patients will no longer have to travel to Palmerston North for treatment.
Four new renal haemodialysis chairs have been installed at the Horowhenua Health Centre and the first patients will begin treatment later this month.
The unit’s official opening is in May.
MidCentral District Health Board hospital services operations director Lyn Horgan said because of the centre’s size and lack of renal specialist on site, only patients who were stable would be able to use the service.
* Diabetes-related treatment on the rise
* MidCentral facilities overflowing with kidney disease patients
“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 new service would be based out of the STAR 4 ward at the centre.
“Having this renal service established in Horowhenua will make a big difference to dialysis patients in the district.”
Construction on the new area was nearly finished.
“There’s a lot involved in getting a service like this off the ground,” Horgan said.
The room needed to have plumbing organised as dialysis machines use, on average. 80 to 90litres of water per treatment.
Electrical work had to be up to a high standard, known as ‘body protected’, to ensure no electrical problems could impact patients.
Four haemodialysis machines had arrived, along with four specialised dialysis chairs.
However, 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.”