Dialysis service to be extended at GV Health
Published at: 23 Aug 2019
GV Health‘s dialysis nurse unit manager Natalie Sheehan said the new facility would mean bringing patients home to be treated in Shepparton.
“We currently have locals who are always on dialysis in Melbourne,” she said.
Ms Sheehan said GV Health currently provided the gold standard of haemodiafiltration.
She said the unit had seven chairs which operated during morning, afternoon and night services.
“We‘re the only satellite service that does a nocturnal session,” she said.
Ms Sheehan said the new facility not only enabled them to be able to treat more patients, but also provided the opportunity to educate patients.
“It enables us to do local home training that prevents people from having to travel to Melbourne,” she said.
“At present, GV Health has no home training.
“With the redevelopment, we’ll have a dedicated home training area.
“(Which will mean) patients receiving care do not have to get themselves to Melbourne for a week.”
Ms Sheehan said the new facility came at a time when they continued to see the need for dialysis increasing at the local level.
“On average GV Health get an extra two to three patients per month for the whole region,” she said.
Ms Sheehan said the service covered a large area from Nagambie right through to Finley in NSW.
Ms Sheehan said they were looking forward to becoming operational in the new facility.