The Big Red Kidney Bus has made its first stop for 2020, pulling up at Royal North Shore Hospital offering dialysis services to patients visiting from across the state.
A joint initiative between the hospital and Kidney Health Australia, the bus began operating in 2016 and has proven a hit with dialysis patients, giving them the freedom to take extended holidays away from their usual place of treatment.
This year the bus will be calling into locations like Coffs Harbour, Ballina, Umina and Nelson Bay.
North Narrabeen resident Elvio Spaliviero was trialling the bus with his eyes on using it when it makes a pitstop in Port Macquarie later this year.
He said it’s been 18 months since his last holiday, and he was looking forward to the bus making it possible again.
"I’ve been thinking of going on a holiday up there but I’ve got a lot of restrictions," he said.