Work begins on new renal dialysis unit in Stockport
A ground breaking ceremony to mark the start of the building
work for a new NHS dialysis unit in Stockport, took place on
Thursday 7th June.
The new unit will be open six days a week and will provide
life-saving treatment for up to 96 patients, as well as providing
facilities for patients to be trained in self-care. The state of
the art facility will have free wifi and individual television sets
to improve the patient experience, as well as being equipped with
the latest dialysis machines. Providing dialysis treatment closer
to where patients live will cut patient journey times and improve
patients' quality of life.
Dialysis is a treatment which carries out some of the functions
kidneys normally perform, such as the removal of extra water from
the body and the removal of waste products that build up in the
bloodstream. Most kidney patients need to have dialysis
treatment three times a week for around four hours at a time.
Mayor-Elect Councillor Wendy Miekle, has given her support to
the project for a new dialysis unit and opened the ceremony.
"This is great news for Stockport kidney patients and their
families. I am delighted to be part of this special occasion to
mark the start of the building work for this vital new health
service. It is impressive to see how the NHS is working with a
specialist independent provider to ensure patients have access to
high quality treatments, closer to where patients live."
Peter Mount, Trust Chairman, conducted the ground-breaking
alongside Councillor Miekle and Peter O'Brien, Vice-president and
CEO of Fresenius medical care. Fresenius will manage the unit
on our behalf, with clinical care still being delivered by our
Ken Collins, Directorate Manager for Renal Medicine at Central
Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: "The new
unit is a major step forward for renal services for Central
Manchester, giving us access to additional capacity and the most
modern equipment currently available. This bright, modern
building will provide comfortable facilities for kidney patients
from the Stockport area and reduce the need to travel long
distances to access dialysis treatment.
The new dialysis unit is due to be open in January 2013.