The official opening of National Renal Care (NRC) Queenstown’s new dialysis unit, on Thursday 21 May, represents an important milestone with regards to the delivery of renal services within the Eastern Cape.
Serving a catchment population of approximately 234,674, NRC Queenstown offers dialysis to patients with end stage renal disease from Lady Frere, Cala, Comfimvaba, Whittlesea, Elliot, Indwe, Middleburg, Sterkstroom, Dordrecht, Cradock, Tarkastad, Ugie, Steynsburg and Sterkspruit.
Pic: The new NRC Queenstown dialysis unit at 64 Grey Street is a state-of-the-art facility has 16 dialysis stations, with the capacity to provide dialysis to 80 patients with chronic kidney failure; three times a week for four hours at a time.
As a company, National Renal Care remains committed to the continuous improvement and expansion of services for patients with kidney disease in the Eastern Cape.
The new NRC Queenstown dialysis unit witnesses the physical manifestation of that commitment. “This state-of-the-art unit will have 16 dialysis stations, with the capacity to provide dialysis to 80 patients with chronic kidney failure; three times a week for four hours at a time.” says Leone Barends, NRC Eastern Cape, Operations Manager.
The new NRC Queenstown dialysis unit at 64 Grey Street is a state-of-the-art facility has 16 dialysis stations, with the capacity to provide dialysis to 80 patients with chronic kidney failure; three times a week for four hours at a time.
“It provides significantly greater space and comfort for dialysis patients than our previous unit. Our first unit in Queenstown opened in August 2001 with only two stations. By 2007 the unit expanded to nine stations dialysing 23 patients and today, eight years later, we have expanded to 16 dialysis stations. In fact, one of the initial unit’s first chronic renal patients is still receiving treatment with us today, 14 years on.” says Barends.
Barends continues: “The new unit will enable our staff members, who are dedicated to excellence in renal healthcare delivery, to enhance the current level of care provided to patients on dialysis. I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to our staff for their professionalism over the years and for their commitment to our patients. Their commitment has witnessed the development of this top-class facility.
Dr Mervyn Griffiths, a wonderful caring physician, oversaw the patients at NRC Queenstown from its inception in 2001. He enjoyed a long and productive career until his retirement in 2014. Currently, National Renal Care Queenstown employs 11 permanent staff, including five registered nurses and has a dedicated nephrologist, Dr JK Shweni, who oversees the unit.
Haemodialysis is a life-saving technique for people with kidney function impairment. It filters the blood using machines, which provides an artificial purifying mechanism for people whose kidneys can no longer eliminate dangerous toxins from the body.
National Renal Care (Pty) Ltd operates as a joint venture between Adcock Ingram Critical Care (Pty) Ltd and Netcare Limited and offers a range of additional services to patients, including nutritional guidelines, patient education and support groups for patients and their families.
Issued by: Martina Nicholson Associates (MNA) on behalf of National Renal Care
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