Bermudian kidney patients have more treatment options than before. For the first time they can choose to receive dialysis treatments outside of the hospital.
Some frequently asked questions are listed below. If you have other questions please email us or call us at 295-8999.
Q: How can I get more information about Home Peritoneal Dialysis?
A: If you have not done so, start with the internet. There are a number of sites to help you educate yourself on peritoneal dialysis. We have some of them listed under the "For New Patients" page. The next step is to talk with the professionals - your nephrologist, primary care physician and the BHDS staff. We offer free and confidential informational sessions. In these sessions you may learn how home dialysis will fit your lifestyle. Feel free to make a list of questions and call us or email us to schedule your session.
Q: How is Home Peritoneal Dialysis paid for?
A: Home Peritoneal Dialysis is fully covered by your insurance through the Standard Health Benefit (HIP and Future Care included). There are no out of pocket fees and no co-pays. You will not be asked to purchase any additional supplies for home dialysis. You will be provided with everything you need for dialysis at home.
Q: Is the Home Dialysis clinic outside of the hospital safe?
A: Yes! Most home dialysis clinics around the world are based outside of a hospital. Home dialysis is centered around a chronic illness and does not need to be managed in the acute care setting of a hospital. This reduces your chances of being exposed to hospital associated infections.
Q: What is the single most important aspect in selecting a Peritoneal Home Dialysis provider?
A: Experience! This could not be stressed more. The clinical home dialysis work experience of the nursing staff is paramount to any home dialysis center. Your dialysis nurse becomes your partner in your health care and you should make sure that she/he knows how to handle any potential events that may happen at home. Finding out how many years of taking care of home dialysis patients should be the first question when selecting a home dialysis provider - both the nephrologist and the nurse. Next, make sure it feels right. Visit the clinic. You will be coming for clinic visits on average once or twice a month. It doesn't seem like a lot but over time you will get very connected with the center and it is important to feel comfortable, safe and at home.
Q: My nephrologist doesn't want me to switch to another clinic.
A: Don't be afraid to ask why? Remember you are the most important member of your health care team and you deserve a health care provider that will go the extra mile to get you the care you desire. BHDS is open to working with all nephrologists and internists on the island and there should be no obstacles in selecting your dialysis center. If you feel or you know that you are being prevented from your choice, please contact your primary care doctor or BHDS for guidance.
Q: Who will take care of me in BHDS?
A: Your Home Peritoneal Dialysis training and your care will be provided by experienced home dialysis nurse, Irena Ashton RN. She will provide all patient care under the direction and orders of the patent's nephrologist. BHDS operates under the medical directorship of Dr. Michael Ashton who is in addition to all his medical certifications also qualified to oversee BHDS as defined by the International Society of Peritoneal Dialysis.
Q: Can I travel on home dialysis?
A: Yes, traveling on peritoneal dialysis is possible and most patients choose peritoneal dialysis because travel is easier and more flexible. Your supplies can be delivered to the destination of your travel and you only need to travel with your portable cycler.