Nikki Wilson recently opened a new dialysis centre at Country Square called White River Dialysis. They are a great asset to have in the White River community and we are glad to welcome them as one of our newest members.
We asked Nikki a few questions about her business:
What is the history of your business and what is your vision for the future?
After a visit to the Western Cape and a look at a dialysis centre in Atlantis, my interest was sparked and on return I started looking into the situation here in White River, I discovered that dialysis patients were needing to travel to Nelspruit three times a week and apart from the obvious cost issues, this consumed so much more of their time, especially as the R40 has been getting so much busier. I am driven to change the lives of those around me and so after a detailed feasibility study I received the financial input required through a loan and profit share arrangement from 98 Degrees Medical Solutions, they are also involved in the strategic decisions.
We opened our doors with 2 machines on the 23rd of August and we currently have 4 patients, we have ordered 2 more machines due to arrive in October and we already have 4 patients waiting to transfer. At the moment we only operate on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday but the next stage will be to open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday – this way we will be able to accommodate a further 8 patients.
The joys of running an independent unit is that we can be more flexible and we are able to create a home from home environment. I know that we use the best machines on the market and that the HDF machines have been shown to improve patient outcomes long term – to know that patients do better because of something you do it quite a rewarding thing!
Can you give us some personal information, what is your hopes and aims?
By opening this unit here in the heart of White River, I truly feel like our roots in the town have taken hold. We moved here in 2015 and it wasn’t long after that Wayne and I decided that this is where we wanted to stay. It’s not easy for me to use words like always and forever, but that’s certainly how we feel. Our kids are happy in Uplands and I mean come on – what’s not to love about White River and the community?
What keeps you going?
The belief that we all have the ability and duty to make a difference – we could all throw our hands up and say that the government or big corporations etc should/could/must do it – instead I feel that the duty lies with me and so you start to see opportunity instead of despair.
I am incredibly fortunate that I have an amazingly supportive family and I know that they and my friends and business partners genuinely cheer me on towards success.
Tell us something about White River (why do you live here, how long, pros and cons)
You know you live in an amazing place where you can decide over a cup of coffee on a Sunday morning that a trip in the Kruger is a good idea and then less than an hour later after a stop for padkos at Zannas be driving around with the windows down listening to the wildlife…that is the escape from the madness of emails and duties and brings you back to what really matters in the world!
What does your business do, aim to do?
Lerato, Nomfundo and I truly enjoy seeing our patients and White River Dialysis aims to make the lives of those on dialysis in and around White River easier but cutting out the time spent travelling. Our unit is bright and cheerful and comfortable and we have wi-fi, DSTV and meals provided by Sip.
What are your future plans?
Right now we are focused on this unit, but I would really like to see if there is a way that we can support the Mpumalanga Government by partnering up to provide dialysis to the patients at Themba Hospital. Patients are often transferred to Rob Ferreira or Steve Biko which impacts their work and family.
How will you become involved in the WRWR community?
I don’t think I will ever underestimate the importance of my kidneys! I hope that we can run kidney awareness days and find a way to support and educate the community on kidney health.
Well done to Nikki and her team for having the vision to start something like this in White River. Please feel free to contact them if you are looking for more information about dialysis.
Tel: 081 855 8008