Gina Sinclair is a Dialysis Technician who has been working at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital for more than 18 years. She takes pride in her work and treats her patients with the love and care that they deserve.
Patients come in thrice a week to receive haemodialysis until they have had a kidney transplant. Haemodialysis is a process that uses a dialyzer to circulate and filter out impurities as well as taking excess water from their blood. It basically takes on the role of the kidney.
During this time, the Hospital teacher visits the young patients to help them with their school work and this takes the pressure off the children who have to catch up with their homework. The children who receive this treatment are only able to go to school twice a week, so keeping up with their homework can become a problem. That is why it is so important for them to have the Hospital teacher visit them.
While the patients are on dialysis they are visited by the Music therapist who entertains them by playing music. Gina says that when all the beds are occupied by the children, they would each be able to play an instrument and begin to sound just like a band. The children also pass their time by watching movies or they have their nails painted from time to time.
“There have been quite a few transplants recently, so the numbers have gone down significantly and there are only two children on haemodialysis at the moment, which is a very good thing. It means that the children are getting better,” says Gina.
Gina finds her job extremely rewarding working with the children. She spends so much time with these patients that she builds relationships not only with the children but with their families as well. Gina is their care giver for the best part of the day, so she experiences their ups and downs with them and tries to comfort them as best as possible.