Dialysis treatment is moved closer to home for St George’s renal patients
A new satellite dialysis unit was officially opened for St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust renal (kidney) patients by Naaz Coker, St George’s Chair, on Tuesday 16th February.
The centre, which is located in Battersea, operates in addition to the renal department at St George’s and serves patients from north Wandsworth and surrounding areas. St George’s renal consultants, specialist nurses and dieticians visit their patients at the unit on a regular basis.
The unit is run by Fresenius Medical Care Renal Services and has 18 individual dialysis stations which come with adjustable electronic chairs and their own flat screen TV. A wireless network is also available which patients can access for their own computers. Consulting rooms are available for outpatients and other individual patient consultations.
Naaz said, “This state-of-the art facility is a shining example of how we can make healthcare services more accessible to our patients by bringing care into the community and closer to peoples’ homes.
“The haemodialysis service provided by St George’s is vital for local patients with end stage kidney failure, many of whom will spend up to 12 hours here every week. For those patients, both quality of care and the environment in which it is provided is of prime importance.”
Dialysis patient, Alphonso Brown, said “I have moved to an area that I am familiar with and enjoy it here; it is local and very friendly. It is an improved facility and the dialysis itself is excellent.”
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