The holiday season is finally here and it’s time to go away, relax and unwind with family and friends. However, for patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) or kidney failure, going on holiday may seem impossible because of the daily or weekly renal dialysis treatments they require to keep their kidney’s functioning. Approximately 14% of adults suffer from kidney disease in sub-Sahara Africa1, many of whom may feel trapped or restricted in their daily activities because of the need to remain in close proximity to their renal dialysis facility.
This holiday season Life Renal Dialysis, Life Healthcare Group’s specialised healthcare service encourages renal dialysis patients to consider holiday dialysis, allowing them to travel to a holiday destination and still have their dialysis treatment. “We’re committed to the well-being of patients. One of the ways we can take extra care of renal dialysis patients is to provide them easy access to their treatment, particularly during this festive season,” says Dr Riyas Fadal, National Complementary Services Manager at Life Healthcare. He explained that the holiday dialysis service allows patients to book their chronic renal dialysis treatment sessions at other Life Renal Dialysis facilities when they need to travel.
“Renal dialysis patients, whether being treated at a Life Renal Dialysis unit or not, can make use of our holiday dialysis service at any of our 23 Life Renal Dialysis units across South Africa,” he added. Availability is, however, dependent on the current renal unit schedule and urges patients to book their dialysis treatment sessions in advance. For more information with regards to the procedures which needs to be followed before planning the holiday, you can visit the Life Renal Dialysis webpage on www.lifehealthcare.co.za