Dozens of patients who spend at least 12 hours a week hooked up to a life-saving machine are devastated that Greenlane Hospital’s renal unit is closing, NZ Herald’s reports. The renal unit’s closure would mean dialysis patients will have to travel further to Kereru Kidney Centre in Glen Innes – a $7 million Auckland District Health Board 12-year project opening later in the year. Patients sent a letter to DHB asking for Greenlane to be kept operational. Auckland DHB Director of Adult Medical, Barry Snow, said it was a priority for the DHB that the people in the Auckland central catchment had access to dialysis care that was close to home and in a unit that was fit for purpose.