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Centre-based haemodialysis

Dialysis can be a life-altering and stressful time. Here we explain how centre-based haemodialysis works so you can feel more informed.

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While dialysis can be a life-altering and stressful time, it's important to remember you have access to valuable support networks that are here to help you along your kidney disease journey.

With the right resources, you can choose the best dialysis method for you, and learn to incorporate it into your schedule as seamlessly as possible. That's why we've compiled this page on centre-based haemodialysis - to help you make a more informed decision.

Download our Introduction to Haemodialysis-booklet

Centre-based haemodialysis usually takes place in a hospital or 'satellite' dialysis unit. It is more common to have haemodialysis in a dialysis unit than it is to undergo dialysis at home.

During haemodialysis, needles are used to access you blood. This can be done by using a fistula, graft, or tube placed in a large vein. Once the needles have been put in place, blood will flow from your body and into the dialysis machine, where your blood will be cleaned. The clean blood is then returned to your body (via a different tube and needle).

About 200 mL, or approximately 1 cup, of your blood is out of your body at any given time.

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Kaitlyn is living her best life on dialysis

Kaitlyn lives with kidney disease but refuses to let it take over her life. A self confessed 'frequent flyer' of the Big Red Kidney Bus, she regularly travels. Read her story.

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