On The Mend After A Lengthy Stay

Neil Closter
Wednesday, 13 January 2016
Neil Closter has become accustomed to seeing the inside of Portland District Health over the past few years as a regular user of the dialysis service.

This time he’s in hospital for another reason.

Around the start of November Mr Closter fell at his Portland home, breaking his hip and forcing him into a wheelchair.

I was leaning against a door with my walking stick; I though the door was closed but it wasn't, he said.

Down I went on my right hip and I couldn't move.

With the help of the ambulance service, Mr Closter was transported to PDH and went on to Warrnambool Base Hospital for surgery on his shattered hip.

The 76-year-old has since returned to PDH for his long recovery.

I had a bit of a relapse at one stage but overall my progress is going quite well, he said.

The past four years have been tough for Mr Closter after visiting renal expert Professor John Agar diagnosed his kidney problems.

He started dialysis in Geelong but has since moved to Portland where he undergoes sessions lasting four hours or more each Monday, Wednesday and Friday in PDH's dialysis room.

It gets very tiring but I know it's good for me and it takes out the excess fluid and the impurities from my blood, he said.

I've had to adjust my diet and my fluid intake but you learn to live with it.

Mr Closter has had his longest hospital stay since breaking his hip. He's enjoying the friendly service from all staff and particularly enjoying the meals. They have some meals on the menu that I've never heard of, but I try them and they're magnificent, he said.

He is now undertaking a regular exercise and rehabilitation program and hopes to be home soon, hopefully before Christmas. Everyone is great here and I have no complaints, but there's no place like home.

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