A report by Josette Parnis, Deputy Nursing Office at the Renal Unit.
18 renal patients visited the famous pilgrimage site – the Grotto in Lourdes from the 28th August to the 3rd September.
Renal Nurses who accompany renal patients to Lourdes, although they look forward to give such an opportunity to these patients, they have to prepare for such a trip from at least 3 months before. This is because, accompanying these 18 patients requires: booking/preparation of dialysis, blood screening, filling up forms and applications, preparation of medicines, medical equipment, wheelchairs, equipment needed in cases of emergencies. Some of the patients used haemodialysis and the rest peritoneal dialysis.
Renal nurses find it more challenging when the patients are unaccompanied by relatives as they rely more on them. However, despite all the ups and downs and the unexpected emergency cases that crop up like: patients falling and fractures, pulmonary oedema and incompliance, we renal nurses still seek such opportunities which enhance the quality of life of these renal patients who spend so much time hooked up to the dialysis machine.
We would like to thank from our heart the Lifecycle Committee which has sponsored us renal nurses and even some of the patients. It would not have been possible for such patients to taste such an overwhelming experience without your help.
Thank you and regards,
Deputy Nusing Officer.