Renal patients and their families were treated to a short getaway last week when an SA Health mobile dialysis truck set up operation in Clare.
The initiative gave people who are dependant on undergoing dialysis treatment multiple times a week the rare opportunity to enjoy a holiday with their loved ones.
The truck provided all the equipment needed for dialysis treatment, and trained nurses were on hand to give family members a break from being full time carers.
Head of the home dialysis unit for the Royal Adelaide Hospital, Philippa Southwell said the operation had given a well-deserved break to everyone.
“This has been a very successful trip… we’re very happy with the six of our patients who could come away,” Ms Southwell said.
“It was organised from our point of view relatively quickly… and it’s all just come together and a lot of the impetus has been Ken Roberts who has helped coordinate the patients.”
The truck was stationed at the Clare Caravan Park from Sunday, March 5 till Friday, March 10 and received “incredible” support from the community.
In addition to supporting the movement of patients in and out of the park, Clare Caravan Park accommodated everyone involved, including additional people who may have been able to come up at short notice.
“The other thing they did (Clare Caravan Park) was they held extra cabins so if someone heard about this trip and were able to come along then they’d be able to get accommodation,” Ms Southwell said.
Ms Southwell said the nurses have also been incredibly supportive and driven up from Adelaide in their own time to do the full 12 hour day.
“They (the nurses) are really happy to do it because they see the difference it makes with our patients.” Ms Southwell said.
“This is our first step to opening it up to other (home dialysis) patients in the state and we expect next time we come up here it’ll be for five days of dialysis.”
This could cater to 12 renal patients – six more than they currently cater for.