Thursday 3 December, 2020

New dialysis unit launched in South Trinidad

Photo courtesy the ERHA.

Photo courtesy the ERHA.

Government has launched a new dialysis facility in South Trinidad, aimed at assisting 130,000 clients in the Nariva/Mayaro area in getting hemodialysis care.

The Eastern Regional Health Authority  (ERHA) shared photos via Facebook showing the new units and provided details on the Nariva/Mayaro Satellite Dialysis Unit, which was launched on August 3, 2020.

The ERHA said previously, clients would have to travel all the way to San Fernando or Sangre Grande in the northeast of the island to get the services.

The Nariva/Mayaro Satellite Dialysis Unit, located at the Narine Ramrattan Building on the Naparima/Mayaro Road, Rio Claro, has 12 chairs which can provide hemodialysis as well as home supervised peritoneal dialysis care.

The ERHA said the unit has a private high dependency room and independent water treatment system to minimize interruption of service, and has the capacity to provide hemodialysis care for approximately 66 clients per week.

Speaking at the launch, Avind Moonan, Member of the Board of Directors of the ERHA, indicated that that Board took a policy decision to offer a second in-house option for the 130,000 clients in the Eastern region to access hemodialysis care.

Over 140 clients currently access dialysis services in the region and approximately 10 percent of these clients reside in Nariva/Mayaro.

The ERHA said the Sangre Grande Hospital currently performs approximately 95 sessions per week for permanent as well as acute cases. This figure increases when patients are referred from the Accident and Emergency Department.

The ERHA said from May to July 2020, a total of 1,294 sessions were conducted.

The ERHA said on average, private dialysis care costs between $1,000 to $1,500 per treatment session and most patients require 15 sessions per month. Therefore, the average cost per patient is approximately $12,000 to $22,000 per month.

‘Medical records indicate that a number of dialysis patients who reside in the Nariva/Mayaro region access services at other Ministry of Health approved facilities. The strategic placement of the Nariva/Mayaro Satellite Dialysis Unit, within the Southern portion of the Authority’s geographic region, will assist in improving equitable access to quality treatment expertly managed by a Consultant Nephrologist and his qualified team. It will also result in savings in transportation cost, fuel bills, time spent on travel and will significantly reduce emotional stress while improving the client’s health.’

The proposed schedule for operation will be Monday to Saturday from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. If the need arises, there is also a possibility to extend the hours of service.

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