THE Kidney Foundation yesterday opened Fiji's first Kidney Outpatient Department, aimed at providing further services to kidney patients around the country.
In explaining the benefits of the new department which is situated on Suva's Extension St, Dr Joji Malani said it provided a central place for assessment and evaluation of people who might have kidney disease in various stages of severity.
"The outpatient clinic will receive referrals from doctors or any patient that needs evaluation of their kidney function," he said.
"The patients will be interviewed, examined and initially undergo basic investigations to evaluate their kidney functions.
"If identified to have abnormal kidney function, then appropriate tests may be done and appropriate advice given.
"For end-stage kidney disease and patients arriving at stage four kidney disease, advice for practical options, including renal replacement therapy, may be provided."
Dr Malani said on top of that the centre would make the lives of current dialysis patients much easier.
"The centre will also make it easier for ongoing dialysis patients to be reviewed and examined on a regular basis.
"The present dialysis centre is, basically, built to provide haemodialysis to patients.
"The dialysis clinic has been in operation for the past six years and our staff have provided an excellent service throughout.
"There were some teething problems at the beginning and these have been addressed throughout," Dr Malani said.