NSLHD News December 1 2022

Hornsby Hospital opens new renal dialysis unit In an historic moment for Hornsby Ku-ring- gai Hospital, the doors to the new renal dialysis unit have opened and for the first time in the hospital’s history, patients have been able to receive dialysis. One of the first patients was Wes, who travels

nephrology clinic. The unit is located in the new building 61, which sits next to the main clinical services building. It was built as part of the NSW Government’s $365 million redevelopment of the hospital.

from Sackville North, in the Hawkesbury region and he is delighted the hospital offers the treatment. For the past 2.5 years, Wes has been making the long journey to Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH) three times a week. “This will save me $320 in tolls a month and all the money in petrol,” Wes said. The dialysis unit is a 10-chair satellite dialysis unit of RNSH unit will be opened Monday, Wednesday and Friday to start with, but aims to be five days a week next year. The unit’s services include medical and nursing management appropriate for a satellite dialysis unit, including a vascular access and renal clinical nurse consultant vascular access monitoring; dietician, social work, pharmacist, podiatry; renal supportive care clinic; and general

Dialysis patient, Wes

AYAH Appoints Clinical Nurse Educator Amy Dunlop has seen the value high quality nursing care brings to the lives of those with life-limiting illness.

is life affirming for patients and staff alike.” At the AYAH, Amy’s aim is to help build a caring and collaborative community. “I want to help build resilient and capable nurses, supporting them to excel in their practice and deliver excellent care,” she said. Recruitment of staff for AYAH is progressing and most of the positions have been filled including medical specialist, nursing, allied health and support staff.

With a career spanning palliative care, aged care, community health, post anaesthetic recovery, emergency and education, Amy has always been passionate about delivering excellent care to patients and their families. She has recently started in her newest role as clinical nurse educator at the Manly Adolescent and Young Adult Hospice (AYAH). “In this role I am able combine my previous experience in palliative care and education with the chance to be part of developing such an important service,” she said. “I am eager to learn from and with my team members and the adolescents in our care.” Being the first adolescent palliative care unit in Australia, Amy said she is excited to be at the forefront of the speciality. “This is a unique opportunity to support a team of nurses to become Australia’s experts in adolescent palliative care nursing,” she said. “It is a privilege to care for young people and their families facing such immense challenges and I am excited to help create a space that

Amy Dunlop



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