Braille Monitor                                                                                 April 2006


Dialysis at National Convention

by Ed Bryant

During this year's annual convention of the National Federation of the Blind, Saturday, July 1, through Friday, July 7, 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 social worker contact the desired location in the Dallas area for instructions well in advance. The convention will take place at the Hilton Anatole Hotel, 2201 Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, Texas 75207.

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 six to eight weeks in advance. This helps assure a location for anyone wanting to dialyze. Places fill up quickly.

There are many centers in the Dallas area, but the area is quite large, and early reservation is strongly recommended—to guarantee a place and spare you a long taxi or bus ride. Here are some dialysis locations:

* Elmbrook Kidney Center, 7920 Elmbrook, #108, Dallas, Texas 75247; telephone (214) 638-6615. About 2.5 miles from hotel.
* UT SW Gambro Dialysis, 8230 Elmbrook, Dallas, Texas 75247; telephone (214) 630-4180. About 2.7 miles from hotel.
* Oak Cliff Dialysis, 2000 S. Llewellyn Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75224; telephone (214) 943-0011. About 10 miles from hotel.
* FMC SW Dialysis, 6010 Forest Park Road, Dallas, Texas 75235; telephone (214) 819-9858 or (214) 351-2833. About 15 miles from hotel.

Please remember to schedule dialysis treatments early to ensure space. See you in Dallas.