‘Green’ centre gives patients access to care closer to home
Patients 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."
The 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
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
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
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
"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.