Bruce Darcy usually receives dialysis treatment at a hospital near Bourke but thanks to Kidney Health Australia's Big Red Kidney Bus is getting treatment on holiday in Port Macquarie.
Mr Darcy is in town visiting his cousin and said the mobile dialysis van is allowing him to 'have a life'.
"I have dialysis treatment every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in hospital and when I go for my treatment I am hooked up for a number of hours at a time," Mr Darcy said.
"I live at Brewarrina and basically my life revolves around my dialysis so breaking from my usual routine is very hard."
Kidney Health Australia's Big Red Kidney Bus has been operating in New South Wales for two years now and this visit to Port Macquarie is the second visit for the bus.
The bus arrived in town on September 2 and will be here until October 19.
During its time in town the bus will see nearly 40 people living with end-stage kidney disease who will be hooked up to treatment three times a week.
"I think the bus is a wonderful idea because treatment for me means being and staying very isolated," he said.
"If I ever want to go on holidays for away from home I have to make sure there is somewhere I can have dialysis three times a week.
If I won lotto tomorrow and had the money to do anything it wouldn't matter because I would still have to have dialysis three times a week.Bruce Darcy
"Last year I wanted to go away at Easter but I couldn't find anywhere to have dialysis so I missed spending Easter with family.
"If I won lotto tomorrow and had the money to do anything it wouldn't matter because I would still have to have dialysis three times a week."
Kidney disease is a silent killer and sufferers can lose 90 percent of their kidney function without experiencing any symptoms.
65 people die with kidney-related disease every day.
The bus is open to all Australians on hospital, satellite or home haemodialysis. It has three seats on board and can treat up to six holidaymakers a day, equipped with headphone sockets and TV's.
Mr Darcy credits the bus for allowing him to have a holiday.
"Finding a place to get treatment outside of our regular place is really hard so I am really glad this van exists.
"Being here hooked up I am looking out at the ocean and enjoying the sea breeze where otherwise I would be in a hospital."
Ling Wei is the nurse unit manager for the kidney bus and said it was wonderful to be able to provide dialysis patients with a treatment option while on holiday.
"In 2019 the bus will visit seven holiday locations to provide dialysis for people on holiday," Ms Wei said.
"Each of these locations have dialysis centres but is often booked out with local patients so it is great that the bus can help people.
"We are supported by the local centres and sometimes local patients can use the bus for one treatment to try it out.
"When we are based at sites we also get lots of people curious about us who come in to see what we are all out which is great as we can talk to them out kidney health."
Kidney Health Australia's CEO Chris Forbes said the mobile dialysis bus allows families and individuals around Australia to leave their homes and have a holiday while still continuing their dialysis treatment.
"Port Macquarie is such a beautiful location and Kidney Health Australia received such a warm welcome from locals as we kicked off the beginning of our Kidney Kar Rally in August. It is the perfect spot for a holiday and we are happy to be back," Mr Forbes said.
In partnership with Royal North Shore Hospital, the Big Red Kidney Bus has capacity to provide up to 1,500 dialysis treatments a year under the expert care of the Royal North Shore Hospital dialysis team.
For more information on the bus, the location it visits throughout the year, or booking a familiarisation visit, call 1800 454 363 or email email@example.com or visit www.kidney.org.au/bus.
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