Godsend: Bishop Geoffrey Jarrett meets renal patient Kevin Baldwin at the official blessing and opening of the new renal dialysis unit at St Vincent’s Private Hospital in Lismore.
Godsend: Bishop Geoffrey Jarrett meets renal patient Kevin Baldwin at the official blessing and opening of the new renal dialysis unit at St Vincent’s Private Hospital in Lismore. Cathy Adams

Dialysis service scores highly

ST VINCENT’S Private Hospital’s new renal dialysis unit in Lismore is a godsend for locals and visitors suffering chronic kidney failure.

Kevin Baldwin, from the Central Coast, who needs dialysis for four and a half hours three times a week, said he could now visit his terminally ill son – prominent local disability advocate Jacob Baldwin.

“Previously I haven’t been able to get a seat at the renal unit at Lismore Base Hospital, so this truly has been a godsend for me,” he said.

“I go to a top renal dialysis unit at Bondi Junction in Sydney and this one is every bit as comparable.”

The $1 million development has 10 dialysis chairs with state-of-the-art nephrology equipment providing the latest advancements in technology and patient comfort.

The Bishop of Lismore, the Most Reverend Geoffrey Jarrett, officially blessed and opened the facility yesterday.

“The centre represents another service our hospital can offer the community,” he said.

“The blessing is for the unit, but more importantly the human dimension – the patients and the professionals who work here.

“This service is offered to people in situations that really confront our humanity.”

While most Catholic health care services were founded on the vocational devotion of clergymen and women, Bishop Jarrett said that was the spirit in which the church continued to approach health care.

“Maintaining a health facility today is a very difficult undertaking, with all the wonders of modern technology,” he said.

“You need significant resources and it is the Lismore Diocese, the church on the Far North Coast, which underwrites St Vincent’s Private Hospital.”

Hospital board chairman Frank Hannigan said the facility was part of an ongoing plan to provide for a growing ageing population in the region.



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