King’s Mill Hospital open new renal dialysis unit

A NEW state-of-the-art renal dialysis satellite unit has been officially opened at King’s Mill Hospital.

Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (SFH) and Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) say the unit will provide haemodialysis for patients with kidney disease ‘in a friendly and supportive environment’.

It boasts the latest technology and design and offers patients much improved surroundings for their care. It houses an extra four renal stations, complete with the latest dialysis equipment, bringing the total number of stations to 20.

The unit is equipped with new dialysis chairs and patients will have their own entertainment system, including TV and Wi-Fi internet access.

The unit has also benefitted from the donation of two state-of-the-art dialysis machines funded by the Charitable Appeals Trust. The machines, which cost a total of £27,000, were presented by the Appeals’ chairman, Frances Stein, last December.

The unit has been named the Mike Cassidy Renal Unit and was opened by Geraldine Cassidy, whose husband Dr Mike Cassidy was clinical director for Renal services at NUH before his death in 2009.

Susan Bowler, executive nurse director for SFH, said: “Our trust is very excited at being able to greatly improve the quality of the care environment for dialysis patients - it is an important step forward in continuing to provide first-class healthcare that meets the needs of local people who require haemodialysis.

“Our grateful thanks go once again to the Charitable Appeals Trust for their magnificent donation.”

Geraldine Cassidy said: “Mike was instrumental in originally setting up and running the dialysis unit at King’s Mill, and I do know he enjoyed working there, often ‘nipping over’ to solve problems.

“This is a truly wonderful tribute to Mike. My son Richard and I are extremely proud of him and the recognition of his achievements.”