Self-dialysis unit at Ryhov County Hospital is an epitome of patient empowerment. The unit has been created by and for the patients ‘’from scratches’’.
In 2015 a patient, Christian Farman spoke with Britt-Mari Banck, a nurse in the Ryhov County Hospital hemodialysis clinic in Jönköping, Sweden. Farman said to her, “You have to help me treat myself. I need to have control in my life.” Farman’s unusual request was met with an unusual response. Britt-Mari said ‘Yes, how shall we start?’”
Soon after that, Britt-Mari was training other renal patients to manage their own treatment. The self-dialyses unit was opened in 2006 and it were patients who have chosen the furniture and medical equipment and staff and patients on the unit have developed the service together, from learning how to use the new equipment to managing their care. Today, over 60 percent of the hospital’s peritoneal dialysis and hemodialysis patients are managing their own treatments. No infections have occurred at the unit since it established.
Self-dialyses in Jönköping has revolutionized the view of care delivery. It has changed the process of care and has brought a different dimension to service in healthcare.
For more information about the self-dialyses unit please visit: www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEk-A3k98QA
Presenter: Patrik Blomqvist (Patient supporter and member of the Living Library, Qulturum)
Venue: County Hospital Ryhov, D4. A short walk from Qulturum.
House of Heart is an open meeting-place for everyone, who currently have or have previously had a cancer diagnosis. Relatives and friends are also welcome.
House of Heart is a place to come and chat and ask any questions you may have, in informal surroundings. We offer conversation, socializing, interesting talks and other activities, such as nice walking outdoor.
House of Heart is a part of the Health Café development project. Its activities are designed and run by volunteers who have personal experience of cancer.
”We get together as people with experiences, not just as patients with a diagnosis. We give each other tools to help us get the energy to live, to create health for life”, says Maggie Målevik, one of the enthusiasts behind House of Heart.
For more information, in Swedish only, please visit www.hjärtatshus.se and Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Incl. Afternoon Refreshments
Presenter: Maggie Målevik (Project manager, Qulturum)
Venue: Herrgården, M7. A short walk from Qulturum.