Kidney care gets boost

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Local kidney patients will soon be receiving their treatment in modern, state-of-the-art facilities when the Renal Dialysis Unit moves to larger new premises at King’s Mill Hospital in November.

The unit, operated by Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) and developed in partnership with Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (SFH), will boast some of the latest technology and design and will offer patients much improved surroundings for their care.

The unit is renowned for its high standards of care, providing haemodialysis for patients with kidney disease in a friendly and supportive environment. The unit is led by specialist consultant and nursing staff from NUH with each patient requiring dialysis at least three times a week for at least four hours – the unit currently treats 85 patients.

The unit will be located at the rear of the King’s Mill Hospital site and will house an extra four renal stations, complete with the latest dialysis equipment, bringing the total number of stations to 20. This will provide extra flexibility for patients to access treatment at the time of day that suits them. The unit will be equipped with new dialysis chairs and patients will have their own entertainment system including TV and Wi-Fi internet access.

Dr Simon Roe, Consultant Nephrologist for NUH, said: “The new dialysis unit at King’s Mill has been planned for a number of years and it is great to see the project coming to fruition.

“The high-quality unit will provide a peaceful, modern spacious environment, which will considerably enhance the quality of life for our patients”.

Susan Bowler, Executive Nurse Director for SFH, said: “The opening of this unit marks yet another milestone in the final stages of the redevelopment of King’s Mill Hospital.

“The new unit will offer fantastic improvements for patients who come to King’s Mill Hospital for their dialysis treatment several times each week.”