Dialysis opens in Levin
Levin’s new dialysis service has gotten the seal of approval from one of its first patients.
Four new renal haemodialysis chairs have been installed at the Horowhenua Health Centre and were opened this week.
Pat Hepi was one of the first people to receive dialysis in Levin and said it made a huge difference.
‘‘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.’’
Previously patients could only get dialysis treatment at Palmerston North Hospital.
‘‘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,’’ Hepi said.
However, because of the centre’s size and lack of renal specialist on site, only patients who are stable are able to use the service.
Hepi was one of the patients consulted to ensure it met their needs. ‘‘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.’’
MidCentral District Health Board hospital services operations director Lyn Horgan was pleased to see the service up and running. ‘‘This service is the result of a lot of hard work from both MidCentral 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.
Pat Hepi receiving dialysis treatment at Horowhenua Health Centre.