Australians living with kidney failure will be able to take holidays in NSW without missing life-saving dialysis treatment, following a partnership between Royal North Shore Hospital and Kidney Health Australia.

On May 1 an event was held at RNSH to officially launch the Big Red Kidney Bus tour, delivering dialysis treatment to patients as it travels to popular holiday spots across the state.


​"Living with kidney disease is tough and dialysis treatment is demanding and restrictive," Mikaela Stafrace, CEO of Kidney Health Australia, said.

"We hope this service will provide some freedom for dialysis patients who are travelling and can’t access their regular location for treatment."

Yvonne Shen, medical director dialysis services at RNSH, said almost 3,000 people in NSW are living on haemodialysis, however many more are at risk of kidney disease.

"Early kidney disease has no signs or symptoms and can affect people of all ages. People at risk of kidney disease should have a kidney health check every two years. That’s as simple as seeing your GP and having a blood test, urine test and a blood pressure check," said Dr Shen.

The Big Red Kidney Bus will complement the state-wide service currently delivered through RNSH’s Sydney Dialysis Centre.

The bus will stop for six weeks in each holiday location, beginning in Umina (May 15 - June 24), Nelson Bay (July3 - August 1), Coffs Harbour (August 21 - September 30) and Ballina (October 9 - November 18).

Bookings can be made by contacting Kidney Health Australia or by calling 1800 454 363.