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Dialysis

Kidneys control how much water the body retains and help remove waste products. If they fail, people need a treatment called dialysis or a kidney transplant to stay alive.

Dialysis removes excess fluid from the body and prevents the build-up of dangerous waste substances.

Our Dialysis Unit is a large, modern space with 12 machines catering for up to 48 people who require three treatments a week..

Situated in the Gippsland Cancer Care Centre, the unit offers comfortable surroundings and plenty of natural light to create a more relaxed environment for your treatment.

Every effort is made to schedule your dialysis days and times to suit your lifestyle. The unit is open Monday to Saturday from 7am until 9pm.

You will be allocated a nurse on admission who will answer questions, address your concerns and educate you about kidney or renal failure and dialysis.

Your nurse and the specialist who treats you will set your dialysis schedule.

Each dialysis bay has its own television with a remote handset and books and magazines are offered to people who would like to read.

Meals are available during your treatment and there are also a range of options at the hospital cafeteria.

If you are unable to find transport to and from treatment, the hospital offers a transport service staffed by a team of volunteers.

 

Nursing staff

All staff are registered nurses with experience in the Renal Dialysis specialty.

Each nurse in the Dialysis Unit is responsible for the overall planning, evaluation and implementation of dialysis requirements according to your own personalised dialysis regime.

We will allocate a primary nurse to you upon admission.

The role of the primary nurse is to act as a resource person, answering any questions or concerns and to educate you in the area of dialysis and renal failure.

 

Dialysis times

Monday-Saturday from 7am-9pm.

 

Blood tests

Blood tests are taken monthly (unless otherwise indicated) as ordered by your treating nephrologist or doctor.

Blood tests are analysed by the local provider, Gippsland Pathology Service however some tests are sent to Melbourne laboratories.

Your primary nurse and Nephrologist will discuss your test results with you.

 

Outpatient appointments

Renal outpatient appointments will be made with your nephrologist on a regular basis.

Please ensure your primary nurse is advised of your appointments so the necessary paperwork and communication can be attended to.

 

Medication

Your 'parent' hospital will provide a limited supply of medications when you are discharged.

It is your responsibility to renew your prescriptions when visiting your nephrologist or your doctor.

If you are admitted as an inpatient to Latrobe Regional Hospital, you will need to pay for PBS medications when you are discharged.

 

Treatment out of hours

If you require urgent medical treatment out of hours, please go to the Emergency Department at your nearest hospital.

Your condition will be assessed and appropriate treatment discussed with your nephrologist.

If dialysis is required, you may be transferred to your 'parent' hospital.

 

Transport

Some people are able to drive themselves to appointments or have family support.

If this isn't possible, Latrobe Regional Hospital's Volunteer Driving Service may be able to assist but strict eligibility criteria applies.

 

Contact details

For further information phone the Dialysis Unit on 5173 8849. 

Looking for a way to support our community this Christmas?

Proceeds from this year's Christmas Giving Appeal will be used to purchase humidifier machines for our Critical Care Unit. These machines work with oxygen systems to help our patients to breathe easier. 

Can you help us reach the $36,000 target? Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible. Click on the Make A Donation link or contact LRH Fundraising on 5173 8577. Thank you for your support!

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