Lord Howe sees renal innovation in action
Lord Howe, Parliamentary
Under-Secretary of State in the Department of Health has visited
Manchester Royal Infirmary to speak to patients benefitting from an
In June, the renal team at Manchester
Royal Infirmary was awarded an Innovation Challenge prize for their
work in offering renal patients dialysis at
home. As well as making treatment easier and more convenient
for patients, it has also saved the NHS thousands of pounds.
They will be formally presented with their prize by Lord Howe,
alongside the other winners. Lord Howe will then be given a
tour of the Renal Dialysis Unit at Manchester Royal
The renal team has developed a home haemodialysis programme
which enables and trains patients to dialyse at home, avoiding the
need for regular visits to hospital for treatment. Patients
who choose to go on the programme undergo training at their own
pace so that they are fully prepared and confident from the
Current hospital haemodialysis is restrictive and time
consuming, with patients needing to come in to hospital three days
a week, which often makes continuing in employment difficult.
It also impacts greatly on quality of life, morbidity and
mortality, despite the advances in technology.
A patient on the Manchester home haemodialysis programme
"For me, the best solution is carrying
out my home dialysis overnight. This completely frees up my
working days giving my life back to me. I can also do longer
sessions which give me a better quality of dialysis.
"The result is a very noticeable
increase in energy levels and general well being. The quality of
life I enjoy now is as close to having a real kidney as it is
possible to get and I strongly recommend it to all haemodialysis
Lord Howe saw the innovation in use
during a visit to the home of one of our patients who benefits from
the programme at her home at Stockport. The largest of its
kind in Europe, it is open to
all patients in the Manchester area undergoing treatment for kidney
failure. Significantly improving their quality of life,
patients undergoing haemodialysis at home typically require less
medication and have greater treatment flexibility with often much
better clinical outcomes.
Health Minister Lord Howe said:
"Patients from across Manchester can now have their dialysis
treatment at home instead of having to travel back and forth to
hospital thanks to the innovatove work at the Manchester Royal
Infirmary. I am delighted to present the Innovation Challenge prize
to the renal team for their work which has given patients greater
independence and quality of life.
"We want to see innovation such as I have seen today at
the Manchester Royal Infirmary flourish in every hospital, GP
practice and clinic. Innovation is essential to help the NHS
modernise by delivering more for less - improving the quality of
care for patients whilst at the same time saving money."
Launched five years ago, the programme has demonstrated
significant benefits both in outcomes, patient experience,
efficiency and cost savings. They provide their patients with
the tools and know how required to make the transition to home
haemodialysis, which allows more flexibility, with longer or more
frequent sessions , enabling patients to fit dialysis around their
lives, free from having to travel into hospital several times a
week to dialyse. Many patients opt to undergo the treatment
whilst asleep between three to five nights a week, which is less
restrictive, safer and more convenient.
Since the introduction of home haemodialysis, patient experience
has improved and it has resulted in superior clinical
outcomes. It also brings financial savings, with costs up to
40% lower than hospital care. So far, 180 patients have been
trained up to dialyse at home.
The Innovation Challenge Prizes have
been developed to ensure the NHS continues to be recognised as a
world leader in the development of innovative techniques and
technologies by rewarding those who help to pioneer and modernise
All the winners have proven that their innovation can improve
patient care and deliver savings for the NHS. They were all
developed to tackle the problems staff saw their patients facing in