Dalby Hospital Expands Renal Dialysis Service

Dalby Hospital will now provide Dalby district patients treatment closer to home following the expansion of renal diaysis services. The six-day a week service offers dialysis appointments morning and afternoon, telehealth appointments, and an outpatient clinic once a month.

Patient Merv Peltz with clinical nurse Michelle Thorne receiving dialysis treatment in Dalby

Dialysis is a treatment process required when a person’s kidneys are failing. The dialysis treatment removes waste, salt and excess water from the body, maintains a safe level of chemicals in the blood, and helps control blood pressure. Renal dialysis is only needed for end stage kidney failure.

“Patients who need renal dialysis present to the hospital three times a week for six to eight hours,” Nurse Unit Manager Acute Services Dalby Hospital Ms Jane O’Donnell said.

“Prior to our service expanding, some patients were travelling to Toowoomba three times a week for dialysis. It was quite disruptive to their daily lives. Our patients are very happy they can now receive their treatment and outpatient care here in Dalby,” Ms O’Donnell said.

Toowoomba Hospital is the main renal dialysis centre for patients. Due to the number of patients from Dalby travelling to Toowoomba for dialysis, the local hospital began looking at ways to expand their existing service.

“We needed more staff trained in providing care to dialysis patients. Six nurses travelled to Toowoomba for this training,” Ms O’Donnell said. “Telehealth technology and the donation of an ultrasound machine, Sonic Site, has also been key to expanding the renal service.

“The Dalby Rotary Club kindly donated Sonic Site to ease the process of cannulation. The device enables nurses to insert cannulas under ultrasound for dialysis, ensuring that patients who are difficult to cannulate can receive treatment in Dalby, and are not required to be transferred to Toowoomba,” Ms O’Donnell said.

The senior staff specialist Dr Sree Venuthurupalli travels to Dalby once a month to hold an outpatient clinic with patients. “The expansion of this service is great for the Dalby community,” Director of Nursing Dalby Hospital Ms Ruth McKenzie said.

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