HOPE HAEMODIALYSIS SOCIETY, IPOH, PERAK
Giving hope to patients to live better quality lives and experience God’s love
Hope Haemodialysis Society (HHS) is the social concerns outreach arm of Canning Garden Methodist Church (CGMC), Ipoh. Established in 2003, the primary objective of HHS is to be a Haemodialysis Centre with a difference – one that not only provides excellent facilities and quality care to our patients at greatly subsidized rates, but which does so with a personal touch.
Our patients are never just another number or listing in our files; we know everyone by name, their individual needs are sought and attended to as far as is possible. More often than not, the care and attention extend beyond meeting their physical needs at the Centre to counseling them on personal issues and simply helping them with everyday matters.
Many kidney patients understandably suffer from depression, loneliness and hopelessness. At HHS, we try to reach out to such patients, to give them renewed hope and strength, and to assure them that their future does not have to be bleak nor hopeless if they place their trust in God.
This defines our commitment to CGMC’s vision “to touch a needy community with God’s transforming love and justice”.
Hope Haemodialysis Society thus endeavours to make a difference in the community.
ABOUT THE CENTRE
The Centre, equipped with 14 dialysis machines, 3 dialyser reprocessors and 1 unit Reverse Osmosis (R.O.) System, is capable of taking in a maximum of 48 patients.
The Centre has 9 full time staff – 3 Staff Nurses, 5 Nurse Aides and 1 Administrator.
An Honorary Consultant Nephrologist gives of her time, guidance and expertise to the Centre. Daily rounds are carried out by volunteer Medical Specialists and Practitioners who look into the other medical needs of the patients. A retired Physiotherapist gives her services voluntarily to the Centre.
Patient Treatment and Patient Welfare
At present there are a total of 41 patients on dialysis. They are given treatment on a self-care basis. This means patients and their close relatives are taught how to help
themselves in managing simple dialysis procedures, both in the Centre and at home.
The Centre has set up a Patient Welfare Fund to help patients in the following ways:
· Susidies for ancillary injections such as erythropoietin and iron (needed by the patients to increase their red blood cells)
· Further subsidies for dialysis treatments if required
· Simple medical treatments
· Blood tests as needed
· Any other needs that may arise
The Centre also gives emotional support to the patients through the Social Concerns Committee, the Methodist Seniors Fellowship and the Chinese Ministry of Canning Garden Methodist Church.
Monday – Saturday : 7.00am – 6.00pm
Sunday : Closed
HOW TO APPLY FOR ADMISSION
Obtain a set of the application forms from the Centre and fill in all the particulars required.
See your nephrologists for the medical report. (The medical report is crucial for acceptance and admission into the Centre)
Return the application forms together with the medical report to the Centre.
Applicant will be examined by the Centre’s Consultant Nephrologist.
Representatives from the Selection Committee will interview the applicant based on the facts given in the Application Form, especially on the financial aspects of the applicant/family. If necessary, visit(s) to the home will be made to verify the information given.
The Centre’s Nephrologist and the Selection Committee will then make recommendations to the Board of Management for action and approval.
The successful applicant will be notified and an Agreement signed with the Centre regarding terms and conditions of acceptance for the dialysis programme.
Note: For further details please contact the Administrator at 05-2549600
or e-mail to
IMPORTANT CONDITIONS FOR SELECTION OF PATIENTS
The applicant must be 12 years and above and a Malaysian citizen.
He/she must be able to move about independently, and has a functional vascular access.
He/she must be prepared to pay RM60.00 per dialysis. The fee is subject to change.
He/she must be willing to undergo dialysis at the Centre at the dates and times fixed by the Centre, three times per week, four hours per session.
His/her conditions will be reviewed periodically by the Centre’s Nephrologist with regards to his/her medical condition and suitability to continue on the dialysis programme.
The patient must abide by the conditions put up by the Board of Management from time to time.
MANAGEMENT OF CENTRE
The Board of Management consists of the following: a President, a Vice-President, an Honorary Secretary, an Honorary Assistant Secretary, an Honorary Treasurer and 4 ordinary members.
The Board meets once a month to make decisions on matters affecting the running of the Centre.
A BRIEF HISTORY – A Dream Comes True
The Minister of Finance in his budget address announced that recognized private dialysis centres would be given a subsidy for treating kidney failure patients, at RM50 per treatment. The Government would also provide a Matching Grant (ringgit for ringgit) for NGOs to set up dialysis centres. Bolstered by this fact and realizing the financial difficulties patients face, the idea of setting up a haemodialysis centre to offer subsidized treatment to poorer patients in the community became the dream of Dr. Su Too Kiat, the main architect and pioneer of the project.
11 November 2000
Dr. Su, the Pastor, Rev. Ashok Amarasingham, and other leaders of Canning Garden Methodist Church (CGMC) made a field visit to the Manjung Haemodialysis Centre in Sitiawan to observe how such a Centre run by an NGO can function and extend help to the community.
10 December 2000
During the annual Planning Retreat of CGMC the idea to start a haemodialysis project was introduced to the Local Church Executive Committee (LCEC).
6 February 2001
The 1st Local Conference of the Church approved in principle the proposal to adopt the haemodialysis project by the Church and gave the mandate to the LCEC to study the project and its implications and to take a decision on the project.
25 February 2001
A Forum on renal dialysis was organized for all members of CGMC. Talks were given on renal failure, its causes and treatment by dialysis. A testimony was also given by a kidney failure patient. Many were excited and challenged with the idea of CGMC setting up a haemodialysis centre to serve patients in Ipoh.
20 March 2001
A special LCEC meeting was held to study in detail the proposal. The proposal was approved. A protem Committee and a protem Board of Trustees were appointed, a start-up fund of RM150,000 was allocated and the Committee was given the mandate to register the Centre with the Registrar of Societies.
8 April 2001
The draft Constitution for the Centre was approved by the LCEC for forwarding to the Registrar of Societies. The Centre was given the name “Hope Haemodialysis Centre”.
22 April 2001
The Inaugural Meeting of Hope Haemodialysis Centre was held, presided by the protem President, Dr.Su. The Protem Board of Management and the Protem Board of Trustees were elected. All members present were registered as founder members. The Protem BOM was given the mandate to register the Centre with the Registrar of Societies. The emblem for the Society was approved.
2 October 2001
Hope Haemodialysis Society, Ipoh, Perak was officially registered. Its Registration No. is 1313. (On the advice of the State Registrar of Societies, Perak, the project was renamed Hope Haemodialysis Society, Ipoh, Perak for registration purposes. Under the umbrella and Constitution of this Society, the Haemodialysis Centre was set up.)
A premise was found at No. 43, Jalan Lasam, Ipoh to house the Centre. A long-term tenancy agreement was signed.
Renovation plans for the Centre were submitted for approval to the Ipoh City Council (DBI).
19 March 2002
The first AGM of the Society was held. The term of office of the Protem Board of Management (elected at the Inaugural Meeting) was confirmed for two years. The Board of Trustees was also elected with 3 members nominated by the LCEC of the Church and two more elected from the floor.
The Ipoh City Council (DBI approved the renovation plans.
October 2002 – February 2003
Renovation works were carried out. Staffs were recruited and sent for orientation and training at Ipoh Hospital and Manjung Haemodialysis Centre in Sitiawan. Machines and equipment were installed.
29 January 2003
A Blessing Ceremony and “soft launching” was carried out at the Centre. The pastor, Rev. Ashok Amarasingham, and the District Superintendent of Perak, Rev. Hwa Jen, officiated at this event.
10 February 2003
The Centre commenced operation with 1 trained staff nurse, 2 nurse aides and an administrator. It was then equipped with 10 dialysis machines.
Another staff nurse and another nurse aide were recruited.
1 November 2003
The Honourable Minister of Health, Y.B. Dato’ Seri Chua Jui Meng declared the Centre officially opened.