Mak­ing hol­i­days pos­si­ble for kid­ney pa­tients

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

A LIS­POLE wo­man, who is one of two nurses to set up a pri­vate dial­y­sis ser­vice, is mak­ing it pos­si­ble for peo­ple who re­quire life sus­tain­ing kid­ney treat­ment to visit Ire­land.

Bar­bara Wal­lace, daugh­ter of Mary and the late David Done­gan of The Wood, has set up a dial­y­sis ser­vice at her busi­ness part­ner Eileen Phe­lan’s home in Ban­teer, Co. Cork. Although the treat­ment cen­tre only opened two months ago it is al­ready in de­mand among vis­i­tors from Cal­i­for­nia, New York and Lon­don.

Bar­bara and Eileen worked to­gether in a dial­y­sis unit in Brighton where Eileen was the se­nior sis­ter in charge of the unit. She is cur­rently the clin­i­cal nurse man­ager of the dial­y­sis unit in CUH. The two vastly ex­pe­ri­enced dial­y­sis nurses recog­nised that a huge gap ex­ists in the ser­vices avail­able for vis­i­tors to Ire­land who re­quire dial­y­sis and seized the busi­ness op­por­tu­nity.

“We would like to give peo­ple free­dom to be able to travel to Ire­land,” Bar­bara told The Ker­ry­man. “We pro­vide a beau­ti­ful wel­com­ing en­vi­ron­ment where peo­ple are cared for and be­cause the fa­cil­ity is based in the coun­try­side it can be part of the hol­i­day for pa­tients and their fam­i­lies.”

The ser­vice is pro­vided three days a week on Tues­day, Thurs­day and Satur­day

Glob­ally some two mil­lion peo­ple re­quire kid­ney re­place­ment treat­ments, dial­y­sis or a kid­ney trans­plant and they re­quire a min­i­mum of three dial­y­sis treat­ments per week. Although kid­ney pa­tients are gen­er­ally phys­i­cally fit and well, the lack of ac­cess to dial­y­sis fa­cil­i­ties has meant they could not travel to Ire­land where the over- stretched HSE ser­vice does not have the ca­pac­ity to cater for vis­i­tors on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

More in­for­ma­tion on the hol­i­day dial­y­sis ini­tia­tive is avail­able on www.irish­hol­i­day­dial­y­sis.ie or 087 3569061.

Bar­bara Wal­lace work­ing in her clinic in Ban­teer.

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