Seaside treat for dialysis patients

8 December 2017

Renal dialysis patients from across the state enjoyed a seaside holiday this week, thanks to SA Health renal services and a donation from the Dorothy Brown Trust.

A mobile dialysis truck provided the special service in Wallaroo this week, allowing people undergoing life-saving dialysis treatment to holiday in one of the state’s most popular holiday destinations.

Clinical Director of Renal Services for Country Health SA and Director of Dialysis for Central and Northern Adelaide Renal and Transplantation, Professor Stephen McDonald, said around 700 South Australians required regular dialysis treatment, which severely restricts their ability to travel away from home and holiday.

“The dialysis truck allows people to take a break while still being able to access their essential treatment,” Professor McDonald said.

“Undergoing dialysis is a significant burden – not only on the patient, but on their loved ones.

“Patients who receive dialysis three times a week find it extremely difficult to spend time away from home, and enabling people to do something as simple as spend a few days away from home on a short holiday improves the quality of life of dialysis patients.”

Professor McDonald said the holiday dialysis service would not be possible without the generosity of the Dorothy Brown Trust, which donated $32,000 this year to support holiday dialysis trips to Victor Harbor, the Clare Valley and now Wallaroo.

Stockwell resident Kenneth Roberts said being able to undergo dialysis treatment in Wallaroo was fantastic.

“My wife Leanne hasn’t had respite from doing my dialysis in two years – she is so relaxed,” Mr Roberts said.

“I also got to see my boat for the first time in 13 months.”

William Pearson said he and his wife Shirley travelled from Mount Gambier for their seaside getaway.

“We love to travel with our van but being on dialysis had made that difficult, so we jumped at the opportunity to come to Wallaroo,” he said.

Country Health SA’s mobile dialysis truck usually services Aboriginal communities in remote parts of the State. However, during the times of year when the weather makes it difficult to travel to the APY lands, the truck can be used for other purposes, such as holiday dialysis trips.

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