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‘Green’ centre gives patients access to care closer to home

James Coles, 77, receiving dialysisPatients in need of dialysis in Stockport are now able to access treatment closer to home after the official opening of a new centre in Cale Green.

The new unit has been built by renal services provider Fresenius Medical Care, in partnership with Central Manchester University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. The unit will be operated by both organisations, although it will be staffed by Fresenius' fully trained and experienced nurses.

Previously, patients in Stockport would have had to travel long distances to access dialysis. The new centre will reduce travelling time for those living in and around Stockport, ensuring they have more free time.

James Coles, 77 from Hazel Grove, is one of those patients.  Mr Cole started dialysis in November 2012 and currently has to travel to Manchester Royal Infirmary three times per week.  He said: "Going to the Stockport unit will mean I will spend less time travelling to my dialysis session and more time at home."

Dialysis Bay at the new unit in StockportThe new centre is a flagship dialysis unit for Fresenius, as it has been specifically designed to reduce impact on the environment. The building incorporates many energy efficient technologies including solar panels and a lighting control system with occupancy detection, while all materials used in the building process were from environmentally responsible suppliers.

As well as its green credentials, the unit will provide state of the art equipment to provide the highest quality treatment to patients. As well as 18 dialysis stations with 5008 dialysis machines, there are two dedicated self-care dialysis stations and fully adjustable electronic dialysis chairs. To increase patient comfort, the unit provides an interactive entertainment system including digital TV and radio, on demand movies, and free wi-fi.

Ged Terriere, Directorate Manager for Renal Medicine at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: "Our new unit is a major step forward for renal services, giving us access to additional capacity and the most modern equipment currently available.  This bright, modern building now provides fantastic facilities for kidney patients from the Stockport area and reduces the need for them to travel long distances to access dialysis treatment."

Russell McAusland, Regional Director for Fresenius Medical Care Renal Services, said: "It's a great honour to be working in partnership with Central Manchester University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to provide this additional centre for kidney patients.

"We pride ourselves on delivering the best levels of care for dialysis patients, and knowing that the new centre will reduce travelling time and provide care in state of the art facilities is a huge reward for Fresenius."

The new Stockport unit is open six days a week and will provide life-saving treatment for up to 96 patients.