FOR DIALYSIS patients, foreign travel need not be an unobtainable consideration.
In fact, dialysis patients of all modalities – haemodialysis, home haemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis –should be encouraged to look at foreign travel as a very doable adventure.
When visitors to Bali step off their flights, they invariably begin a carefree, tropical holiday with no concerns in the world. However, for those who suffer from chronic kidney failure, their attention is greatly focused on reaching a dialysis machine to do the job their kidneys can no longer do.
Each person with the disease wishing to travel will research and book a dialysis centre beforehand and ensure it has the capabilities and follows medical protocols to provide their essential four- to five-hour dialysis treatment three times a week.
Those with the kidney disease wanting to visit Bali are always pleasantly surprised to discover, usually through community referral, that not only is there a capable dialysis facility available to them, but one set among the tropical pleasures of Nusa Dua in a serene, top-flight treatment centre.
BIMC Siloam Nusa Dua opened in 2012 and today it provides international visitors with the most advanced outpatient dialysis services, á la Bali. The spa-inspired environment is instantly appreciated by medical tourists and dialysis patients, a facility that while purifying a patient’s blood will also be happy to add reflexology, manicure, pedicure, even facials to the overall service.
Travelling with her father who suffers from kidney failure, Margaret from Melbourne said, "My dad is so comfortable here especially since our resort is in Nusa Dua, so my husband and I are able to go to the beach or wherever for four hours knowing he’s in good hands."
The Dialysis Centre takes advantage of specialised therapy chairs, each equipped with Internet and TV and a sunset view of a golf course from floor to ceiling windows.
"My father is always happy to know the four-hour treatment passes so quickly in such a wonderful, stress-free place and he is already talking about a return next year," said Margaret.
Here are a few tips to consider if you’re making Bali travel plans on dialysis:
1. Once you are connected with us we will simply ask that you complete our patient forms and send through your latest test results. This gives BIMC Siloam Nusa Dua a place to start in providing you care.
2. It is important to check with all your other doctors before you travel and provide us with their telephone numbers.
3. Make sure you have an ample supply of all medications. Travelling with medications in the original pharmacy bottle with the prescribing doctor’s name on the label is recommended.
4. Even after travel arrangements are complete we need to review your dietary restrictions and exercise regimens. It’s important to maintain as normal a routine as possible.