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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 award-winning innovation.

In June, the renal team at Manchester Royal Infirmary was awarded an Innovation Challenge prize for their work in offering renal patieOur renal team receiving their award from Lord Howents 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 Infirmary. 

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 outset. 

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 said:

"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 patients."

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 iLord Howe visiting a patient who receives dialysis at homen 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 new innovations.  

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 day-to-day treatment.