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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.Trust chairman Peter Mount alongside Stockport Mayor Wendy Miekle and Peter O'Brien, Vice-President/CEO of Fresenius Medical Care UK and Ireland

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 medical team.

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.