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Plea for increased renal dialysis capacity on peninsula


I feel I need to discuss the issue of the dialysis unit at the Burin Peninsula Health Care Centre. My family has the personal experience of living with chronic renal failure and most recently, hemodialysis.

Editor;
I feel I need to discuss the issue of the dialysis unit at the Burin Peninsula Health Care Centre.
My family has the personal experience of living with chronic renal failure and most recently, hemodialysis.
My father, John Walker from Lawn, was diagnosed with renal failure 10 years ago. He started hemodialysis at the Health Science Centre in St. John's Mar. 17, 2009.
Feelings of fear and worry gripped my family when it was confirmed Dad finally needed this life saving treatment. These feelings were further heightened when we learned the dialysis unit in the Burin hospital could not accept him as a patient.
He would have to remain in St. John's to receive his dialysis treatment three times a week, until an opening became available in Burin.
Our family has been told the satellite dialysis unit is at capacity with 12 patients, has limited resources and funding and is open only three days a week.
There are no words to describe how helpless and frustrated we feel as a family. At a time when Dad needs his support network the most, he has to be away from his family and friends adjusting to life on dialysis.
It is inconceivable to know we have a dialysis unit only half an hour away from our home, and my father cannot access a service the residents of the Burin Peninsula fought long and hard for.
There are presently two patients, one being my father, on hemodialysis in St. John's awaiting the opportunity to return home to the Burin Peninsula. My family is desperate to have Dad return home.
I am pleading with our elected officials and anyone who can support this cause to take action to increase the accessibility of dialysis for all patients and families on the Burin Peninsula, thus providing dialysis patients the comfort of living in their own homes.
Tammy Walker,
Formerly of Lawn

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