Holiday Dialysis Units
Auckland Private Dialysis Unit - (fee payable)
We pride ourselves in offering haemodialysis efficiently and in a manner that minimises inconvenience to you. Our unit is small, and therefore flexible for hours of dialysis. We have the capacity to dialyse up to twelve patients per week on three machines. We offer high-flux haemodialysis routinely, however by prior arrangement we can accommodate low-flux HD or haemodiafiltration. We use Fresenius 4008S haemodialysis machines.
We opened in October 2004 at Mercy Hospital. Our temporary premises are located in St Helier's Bay until our new premises are completed. The dialysis service and availability will remain standard at the temporary premises. The dialysis unit is 10km east of the Auckland City central business district.
Our medical director is available to provide specialist care whilst you are dialysing with us. Your usual dialysis provider will need to provide us with essential medical information to enable us to care for you. When you have completed dialysis with us, we will provide a summary report for you to take back to your usual dialysis centre.
Your dialysis will need to be prior arranged. A questionnaire (contact coordinator for this) will need to be completed with information about your dialysis prescription, your regular medications, and special dietary requests. Our dialysis coordinator will liaise with your dialysis unit and Nephrocare dialysis unit prior to and after your dialysis visit. Our
coordinator will be available for any logistic questions you may have. Health queries will be managed by the dialysis nurses or doctors.
Our dialysis unit is smoke free at all times.
Other medical care
Should you become unwell during your stay in New Zealand, you should firstly contact the general practitioner of the person you are accommodated with. Hotels and Motels do have doctors they recommend.
The cost for your treatments will be quoted separately when you apply. There is an additional levy if barrier nursing is required - if you have an infectious disease (e.g. VRE, vancomycin resistant Enterococcus; MRSA, methicillin-resistant-Staphylococcus aureus).
Casual and holiday dialysis patients will be required to pay for their dialysis in advance. Unless by prior arrangement (e.g. letter of guarantee from health insurer) payment is accepted in cash, bank draft. EFTPOS, or by credit card only. Personal cheques are not accepted.
Haemodialysis on New Zealand statutory holidays incur a surcharge fee.
What you need
Please bring to each treatment something to read, or do during your treatment; and all your medications. Any additional letters from your doctor or hospital should also be brought to your first treatment. Personal-use plasma televisions (with multiple channel access) are available for your use at no additional cost.
You should bring with you an adequate supply of all the regular medications you need during your stay in New Zealand. Some medications are not available in New Zealand. We are able to provide most medications if necessary, however, the cost for these is additional to your treatment.
Depending upon the time of your treatment, we will serve a beverage and light food. Your treatment cost includes this service.
A specialist renal physicians is available on-call, and will visit on a regular basis.
Who performs my dialysis?
Our nurses are fully trained to perform all aspects of your dialysis care. If you are trained, in part or completely, in the Fresenius 4008S machine, we are happy to accommodate your involvement in your treatment.
Chris - Co-ordinator
Phone: 021 749 768
Fax: 09 828 0629
Nelson Dialysis Unit
The haemodialysis unit is situated in the Intensive care unit at Nelson Hospital. We consider all requests and do our utmost to accomodate people for at least some time. It is difficult over Christmas and New Year depending on the number of patients on dialysis at the time of the request.
Phone: 03 546 1800 extn 7772
Dunedin Hospital Dialysis Unit
This unit is situated in Dunedin Public Hospital, Great King Street. Enquiries regarding holiday dialysis either in the unit or for those who are independent, the dialysis house in Dunstan, Central Otago (Click here for more info on Dunstan Accommodation)
Acting Associate Charge Nurse Manager
Phone: 03 470 9345
Fax: 03 470 9508
Otago and Southland Caravan
This is a fully furnished 5 berth caravan with a Fresenius 4008b machine and has living equipment and household items for six. Patients need to bring their own linen. This caravan is a 6.3 metre 2 door model and the dialysis area is curtained off. The caravan can be used for set periods at various resorts and locations in Otago and Southland. The hire period will be for one week and on the day of departure it is expected you will leave at 10.00am. The hire fee is $10.00 a day and camp fee is to be paid by the patient. Note you must be able to use a Fresenius 4008b independently i.e. you need to be home haemo trained.
This initiative is thanks to the Lions Club of Owaka in conjunction with other Lions Clubs in South Otago, Central Otago and Southland who have provided a caravan haemo dialysis patients to have a holiday away from home.
Applications - Alan Burgess, Greenwood Farm, 739 Purakaunui Falls Road, Owaka
Phone/Fax: 03 415 8259
Hawkes Bay Mobile Holiday Unit
A 3.3 litre Diesel Mitisubushi, with all the usual features of a Camper Van. Has a space for a Haemodialysis Machine, currently there is a space for a haemodialysis machine, hire of this can be prearranged with the appropriate company depending on the type of machine required, in the van, and Microwave Oven.
- Sleeping accomodation for up to six people
- Shower - Fridge - Toilet - Hot Water - Gas Oven - Toaster - Two Hot Rings
- Electric Heater - Gas Heater - Awning, plus all usual utensils needed for a Campervan.
The van is housed at the garage at Hastings Hospital, where out of town clients can store their car if required.
For further information and bookings - Linda Ogle
Phone: 06 845 1600
Tauranga Dialysis Unit
Building 10, Tauranga Hospital
Cameron Road, Tauranga
Phone: 07 579 8093
Ground Floor, Whakatane Hospital
Phone: 07 306 0734
Christchurch Mobile Dialysis Unit
Take you off on your long awaited (aren't they always) holiday weekend or plan a spring break. Our mobile Dialysis Unit is fully equipped for all dialysis needs and bookings can be organised by phoning Kieran Smith or Selwyn Heatley at The Home Dialysis Training Centre on 364 0610.
Hire Charges: The current fees are as follows: (all include GST, insurance and road user charges)
- New Zealand dialysis patients: @200 bond plus $50/day.
- Overseas dialysis patients: $500 bond plus $125/day ($NZD).
Conditions of use apply, bond and hire fees must be paid in full by either cash or cheque at least 2 weeks prior to picking up the vehicle. Note: The Christchurch Kidney Society will consider the reduction or waiving of these fees for any dialysis patient under the care of the Nephrology Department, Christchurch Hospital, for whom payment would be a burden.
To discuss this option please contact the Renal Social Worker, Christchurch Hospital Ph (03) 364 0420.
Bookings and general enquiries should be directed to:
Private Bag 4710,
Telephone: (03) 364-0614
Waikato Dialysis Unit
Based in Waikato Hospital and dependent on availability.
Phone: 07 839 8741
Auckland Hospital Dialysis Unit
Based in the grounds of Auckland Hospital on Park Road and dependent on availability.
The Charge Nurse
Phone: 09 307 4949 ext 6834
Middlemore Hospital Dialysis Unit
Based in Otahuhu opposite Middlemore Hospital, they prefer 6-8 weeks notice, but will do their best to help in emergencies. Limit 2 weeks.
Babita Prasad - Dialysis Co-ordinator
Phone: 09 276 0044 ext 2353
Rotorua Satellite Dialysis Unit
The Rotorua Satellite Dialysis Unit will accept visitors if they book well in advance. This needs to be done through the visitor's local rental unit.
Phone: 07 343 7785
Taupo Holiday Home
Run by the Wellington Regional Kidney Society - an attractively appointed three bedroom home in a suburban street on the eastern outskirts of Taupo.
- It sleeps up to eight people - the dialysis room with two single beds, the main bedroom with queen-size bed, the third bedroom with four bunks (and plenty of floor space for more)
- Other furnishings include longe suite, dining suite, colour TV and stereo/radio/cassette player. A portable heater is available to supplement central electric heating if necessary.
- The dialysis room is equipped with a Gambro AK 90 'bicarb' machine
Patient members and immediate families - $60 per night, $300 per week
Other members/societies - $70 per night, $350 per week
Non-members - $90 per night, $450 per week
Special rates may be available on application
Phone: 04 382 9693
Taranaki - New Plymouth
Taranaki Renal Unit, Located on the Ground Floor of New Plymouth Hospital on David Street.
Holiday dialysis dependant on availability
Clinical Nurse Manager - Jane Gubb
Phone: 06 753 8631
For home haemodialysis trained patients able to use a Fresenius machine
Dialysis Unit, Kawakawa
Whangarei Renal Service
Phone: 09 430 4101 ext 5895
Fax: 09 404 2823