“Healthy lifestyle Choices and regular check-ups can help prevent kidney disease.”
The Renal Dialysis Unit at Bathurst Health Service is celebrating ten years of service this month.
When the dialysis service started on 13 February 2004, it had four machines and was open for three days with only two patients. Today it has six machines and 24 patients and provides a larger service to Bathurst residents and patients that live at Hill End, Blayney, Oberon, and Rylstone.
The Unit is open six days a week, working both morning and evening shifts. In 2012 Nephrology Specialist Dr Imad Haloob joined the service full time, which has improved the Dialysis service even more.
Bathurst Health Service now provides a weekly renal clinic at the Heritage Building for out-patients to attend. The Dialysis unit is staffed by five registered nurses and three enrolled nurses and is located on the ground floor of the Hospital main building.
Over the last ten years the Unit has had eight Renal Transplant patients and continues to provide a consistent service to renal patients so that they can stay closer to home.
The three main causes of Renal Disease are diabetes, infection or inflammation of kidneys and hypertension (where high blood pressure is not controlled).
Some Fast Facts about Renal disease from the Kidney Health Information Centre
- In 2012 11,446 people were receiving dialysis treatment and this is gradually Increasing
- Of all people on Dialysis only 29% dialyse at home
- The cost per person on dialysis for one year in a hospital based unit is $79,072
- The cost of Dialysis at home is $49,137
- The costs for treating kidney disease from 2009-2020 is estimated to be around $12 billion to the Australian Government
- Kidney Disease contributes to approximately 15% of all hospitalisations in Australia.
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