A NEW state-of-the art facility providing treatment to patients who rely on regular kidney dialysis has been officially opened at Clatterbridge Hospital.
Its opening is part of the NHS Dialysis Scheme in Cheshire and Merseyside, which will see the refurbishment or development of a number of units and is part of the Government’s independent sector programme.
The unit is staffed by Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and was officially opened by Darren Hartley, a longstanding renal patient, consultant nephrologist Dr Alex Crowe and Jenny Scott, of the North West Specialised Commissioning Team.
Darren, 43, has suffered from chronic renal failure for the past 15 years and visits the renal unit six days a week for two hours of treatment.
He said: “I’m on the list for a kidney transplant but until that happens I come here most days for dialysis and the new clinic has made such a difference.
“It’s a much more pleasant environment and I’m pleased for the staff because I know how much of an improvement it has been for them.”
Fresenius Medical Care Ltd, an independent company specialising in dialysis services and products, is behind the new-look unit.