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October 2014

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St Vincent’s haemodialysis nurse Kaye Webster and Linda Rumble from Deniliquin.

Home, sweet home

Linda Rumble was one of the first patients to begin training in the recently-opened St Vincent’s dialysis home therapies unit.

The dedicated space provides a comfortable and supportive environment for patients to learn to do their own dialysis, using the same equipment they will have installed in their homes.

‘Learning to do home dialysis was essential for me,’ said Mrs Rumble.

‘As a busy farmer from rural Deniliquin, a round trip of 600 kilometres to St Vincent’s for treatment four days a week just wasn’t an option.

‘I started home dialysis training just over a month ago and have made great progress overcoming my fear of needles and gaining confidence with the equipment.

‘The staff and facilities have been fantastic and now I can look forward to getting my old life back.’

Mrs Rumble spent each weekday for four weeks at St Vincent’s, returning to the farm to see her husband Phil and beloved kelpies Toby and Syd only at weekends.

Visits from her parents and sister, Rhonda, have broken up the long stints of treatment – along with welcome weekly visits from pet program volunteer Cheryl and her lovable dog Max.

‘I miss my animals so much, so a visit from Max really cheers me up,’ said Mrs Rumble.

Haemodialysis nurses Kaye Webster and Kath Brown have found the new home therapies unit is already making a difference to patients, especially those who travel from as far afield as Swan Hill and Warrnambool for treatment.

‘St Vincent’s is a major provider of dialysis services with around 60 patients from metropolitan and rural areas travelling in for up to 20 hours of treatment each week,’ Ms Webster said.

‘Learning to do their own dialysis at home, ideally overnight while they sleep, offers better health outcomes and the chance to live a more normal life.

‘Our new facilities enable us to offer this opportunity to more patients in the best possible environment.’

‘Kaye and Kath are both brilliant teachers and have helped me so much,’ Mrs Rumble said.

‘Phil, Toby and Syd will be so pleased to see me come home for good,’ Mrs Rumble said.