Accessing dialysis while on holiday

Dialysis for eligible patients within New Zealand while on holiday is available free of charge.

A patient's current clinician needs to arrange dates with the relevant unit where the patient is visiting, and forward the patient's clinical background and any notes. They should do this with as much advance notice as possible. The renal unit can then assess whether they can provide the service. This dialysis treatment arrangement is informal and each DHB has the right to decide if they can, or cannot, provide care at that time. These clinical decisions are based on the needs of their existing patients and the capacity of the existing service.

It may be necessary to be flexible over holiday periods. For example, a small unit in a provincial hospital may not be able to take numerous holiday patients at one time, such as over the Christmas and New Year break.

If the patient also needs additional, hospital-based care it may also be more difficult to arrange dialysis, as this may not be available.

For a sudden event like a bereavement a visiting patient will almost always be accommodated at short notice.

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