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Getting prepared

Several months before your first haemodialysis treatment, an access to your bloodstream will need to be created. This is the point on your body where a needle or catheter will be inserted for dialysis treatment. Planning your access site well before you start dialysis treatment will give you more options to choose from.

Your dialysis access is your lifeline, if you choose a good access and take care of it, you will feel better and be able to do the things you enjoy.

When looking for a dialysis centre, it is important to look for one that meets your specific needs. Be sure to choose a centre that offers the specific services you need, and is not far from your home. Visit the nearby centres, talk to the staff and get your own impression before you make your choice!