by Ed Bryant
During this year's annual convention of the National Federation of the Blind in Atlanta, Georgia (Sunday, July 2, through Saturday, July 8,), dialysis will be available. Individuals requiring dialysis must have a transient patient packet and physician's statement filled out prior to treatment. Conventioneers must have their unit contact the desired location in the Atlanta area for instructions well in advance. NOTE: The convention will take place at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, 265 Peachtree Center Avenue, in downtown Atlanta.
Individuals will be responsible for, and must pay out of pocket prior to each treatment, the approximately $30 not covered by Medicare, plus any additional physician's fees and any charges for other medications.
Dialysis centers should set up transient dialysis locations at least two months in advance. This helps assure a location for anyone wanting to dialyze. There are many centers in the Atlanta area, but that area is quite large, so early reservation is strongly recommended to avoid long taxi rides. Here are some dialysis locations:
* Dialysis Clinic, Inc.‑‑West Peachtree, 820 West Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30308; telephone: (404) 888‑4520.
* Gambro Healthcare, 699 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Suite 19, Atlanta, Georgia 30308; telephone: (404) 872‑7211.
* Gambro Healthcare Atlanta, 400 Decatur Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30312; telephone: (404) 577‑9097.
* Gambro Healthcare, 524 West Peachtree Street, Atlanta, Georgia, 30308; telephone: (404) 249‑1563.
Please remember to schedule dialysis treatments early, to ensure space. If scheduling assistance is needed, have your dialysis unit's social worker contact me: Diabetes Action Network President Ed Bryant; telephone: (573) 875‑8911. See you in Atlanta.