Dial­y­sis opens in Levin

The Horowhenua Mail - - CONVERSATIONS - NI­CHOLAS MCBRIDE

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.

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Pat Hepi re­ceiv­ing dial­y­sis treat­ment at Horowhenua Health Cen­tre.

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