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Lismore renal unit a life saver

Lismore Base Hospital Renal Unit staff (clockwise, from left) peritoneal dialysis nurse Chris O’Donnell, vascular access nurse Chanelle Osborne, peritoneal dialysis nurse Cheryl Whitten, hemodialysis nurse Karen Walker, renal anaemia co-ordinator Bev Hiles, hemodialysis nurse Karen Moser and hemodialysis nurse Matt Reilly with patient Tom Courte, of Casino.
Lismore Base Hospital Renal Unit staff (clockwise, from left) peritoneal dialysis nurse Chris O’Donnell, vascular access nurse Chanelle Osborne, peritoneal dialysis nurse Cheryl Whitten, hemodialysis nurse Karen Walker, renal anaemia co-ordinator Bev Hiles, hemodialysis nurse Karen Moser and hemodialysis nurse Matt Reilly with patient Tom Courte, of Casino. David Nielsen

LISMORE Base Hospital’srenal service has been ran-ked as one of the top five medium-sized units in Australia.

Clinic director Dr William James said the results, based on information collected by ANZDATA between 2003 and 2008, were excellent.

“We are very happy. This reflects a lot of good work by our staff right across the hospital,” he said.

“Renal services are heavily reliant on the emergencydepartment, intensive care, general and vascular surgery, to name a few areas.”

The hospital’s renal unit was ranked in the top five in seven out of eight categories, including best one-year and five-year hemodialysis pat-ient survival rates.

Dr James said the renal service, which included units at Lismore, Ballina and Grafton, always had good results.

“But these outcomes would not have been achieved unless there were exceptional support services at Lismore,” he said.

Across the three renal units, there are about 100 to 120 patients on dialysis.

“We also look after between 60 and 70 transplant patients,” Dr James said.

“Renal has been one of the major growing areas in health. However, our rates have dropped off over the past year or two.

“That could be because of prevention programs which we have implemented locally.

“We’re one the few services with a clinical nurse practitioner. They work with GPs to talk to people with kidney disease before it becomes a major problem.”

LISMORE RENAL UNIT IN TOP FIVE

Best one-year and five-year hemodialysis patient survival rates;

Best one-year and five-year hemodialysis technique survival rates;

Best one-year and five year peritoneal dialysis survival rates;

(ANZDATA figure, 2003-2008, for a medium-sized unit)



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