North Melbourne Dialysis Clinic - Diaverum

NORTH MELBOURNE, Australia

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address 185-187 Boundary Road Level 1
NORTH MELBOURNE
Vic, 3051
Australia
website https://www.diaverum.com/en-AU/Clinic-container/Australia/Melbourne-VIC/North-Melbourne-Dialysis-Cli
phone 03 9321 1900
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HD

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Reviews

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gregcollette

Melbourne, Australia

"Day or night: anytime dialysis in the big city"

4.5

Reviewed: 20/02/18

North Melbourne Diaverum have been offing both daytime and nocturnal dialysis since 2011. Never having dialysed at night, I went along to check it out. Diaverum was the first to offer nocturnal as a private unit service in Australia. Patients arrive around 8:45pm, are hooked up by 9-9:30pm, using the same dialysis needles used for daytime dialysis. They watch TV, movies, read, have a hot drink, etc, then off to sleep. At around 5:30am they are woken and disconnected from the machine. Typically, they wash/shower and dress, have a light breakfast, and are gone by 6:30 – 7am. They do this three nights per week: Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, with a long break Friday/Saturday and all-day Sunday. The machine runs fairly slowly (say 250 ml/min rather than 350 ml/min) so the dialysis is quite gentle. Because it runs for about eight hours each time, rather than the usual three hours, it is hugely effective in cleaning the blood. More about this later. From the patient’s viewpoint, there are several big advantages, and only one disadvantage I can think of: • You get all of your days back. If you are working (all of the current patients work), there is no interruption to the work day. This is unheard of for daytime dialysis patients. • You get your family time back (mostly). You can be there to help and support you partner and the kids. No disappearing at critical moments, like breakfast, parent-teacher interviews or driving the kids to sport or ballet. • You get even more of your health back. The service has been in operation for six weeks so far, and as a result of the longer time on the machine and the resulting better clearance levels, two of the five people using it already have improved blood results, one coming off EPO and the other no longer requiring phosphate binders. More improvements are expected. • The only disadvantage is a big one: if you are married/have a partner: three days a week you both sleep alone. Still, life is full of trade-offs; with daytime dialysis, we are usually spending 15-plus hours apart. Currently, the patients using the service are relatively young (30 – 55yrs). This makes sense. Younger BigD members are usually more stable on the machine, they are probably working and/or have young kids, so they value the daytime when they can be there, and maybe they are a little more adventurous.

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