The Toowoomba Hospital’s new Clive Berghofer Renal Home Dialysis Service was officially opened today by Chief Health Officer for Queensland and Deputy Director-General Prevention Division Dr Jeannette Young.
The new facility is a place where renal patients can learn how to safely and efficiently self-dialyse, and eventually use these skills in the comfort of their own home, rather than a hospital setting.
Previously patients learnt self-dialysis in the main renal unit at the hospital. This separate building has freed-up space within the existing renal unit for its eventual refurbishment.
“The Toowoomba Hospital’s renal unit has 130 patients, half of whom are currently home-based,” Dr Young said.
“It is hoped with the establishment of this facility even more patients will learn how to do the procedure themselves, giving them more independence and autonomy over their bodies and health care.”
Toowoomba Hospital Executive Director Shirley-Anne Gardiner thanked staff and patients for their support of the project as well as the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation and local businessman Clive Berghofer.
“This new building is bright and modern, and it doesn’t feel like a hospital,” Ms Gardiner said.
“Renal dialysis is an all-encompassing necessity for some people living with kidney disease.
“Some patients are required to undergo dialysis three times a week, for up to five hours at a time.
“It would be incredibly disruptive to anyone’s life to attend the hospital and stay connected to a machine for the duration of a session and with home dialysis, not having to attend a hospital for treatment can be very liberating.”