Altrincham Dialysis Unit
Home Training Unit 0161 413 7760
Dialysis Unit 0161 413 7752 (Reception) or 0161 413 7767 (Nurse
- Number of maintenance haemodialysis stations:
- Number of Home Training/Self care stations: 9
- Patient resource room with internet access and
- Interview room
- Dedicated patient entertainment system offering free
television and radio channels
- Free car parking available in the basement of the
building. Lifts from the car park provide direct
access to the dialysis unit and home training unit.
The previously known Wythenshawe Satellite Unit has been
relocated into the new Altrincham Hospital to provide a local
service to dialysis patients in a modern, bright and spacious
environment. The unit is serviced by good rail, metro and bus
services and it is in the heart of the main shopping area in
The Unit offers maintenance dialysis for 80 patients using a 20
station unit on a two shift system. In addition, home
haemodialysis and self care training will be provided in a newly
designed 9 station unit.
The maintenance unit is managed by Sister Morag Doherty together
with a team of highly skilled nursing staff.
The home training unit is managed by Sister Gill Dutton and her
team of highly trained nurses in home training skills.
7.00 am- 7.30 pm Monday-Saturday
Lindsay Howard, Advanced Nurse Practitioner
Dr A Bubtana, Associate Specialist in Renal Medicine
In addition there will be a visiting consultant to unit on a
Day to day dialysis related medical problems will be addressed
by one of the renal doctors covering the satellite
unit. However, if a patient dialysing becomes unwell or
needs surgical intervention, then they will be transferred to the
Manchester Royal Infirmary for their care and returned back to the
Altrincham Unit once well enough. Medical emergencies will be
taken to Wythenshawe Hospital and transferred to the Manchester
Royal Infirmary once the patient is deemed stable for transfer.
All patients will have monthly blood checks and the results will
be reviewed by the renal doctors and any adjustments to your
medications made. All patients will be seen by the named
consultant every six months at an appointment outside of your
dialysis slot giving you the opportunity to discuss any issues in a
private setting and also be accompanied by relative or carer.
It is STRONGLY advised that you attend all your planned dialysis
sessions. Failure to attend or cutting short the hours you dialyse,
could result in you becoming unwell and will compromise the
standard of care that you are receiving.
Other medical problems non renal related
If you have a health problem that is not related to your kidney
condition or dialysis then you should seek help and advice from
your GP. Your GP is responsible for providing you with
prescriptions for medication and providing transport for any other
hospital appointments that are not related to your dialysis.
If you are feeling unwell when you are not due in for dialysis,
that you should contact the unit where you dialyse for advice, your
GP or attend your local hospital.
Out of Hours
Patients requiring help or advice after the Altrincham Unit has
closed can contact the Main Renal Unit at the Manchester Royal
Infirmary between the hours of 7.30 pm -11.00 pm
Monday-Saturday on 0162 276 4414. From 11.00 pm -
7.00 am Monday-Saturday and 7.00 am Sunday-Monday 7.00 am please
contact the renal wards at the Manchester Royal Infirmary
0162 276 4117/4591.
How can I improve my quality of life?
- Keep all your dialysis appointments
- Avoid too much weight gain between treatments
- Follow your special diet.
- Take prescribed medications
- Learn about your condition and other treatment options;
could you be considered for home dialysis? do not be
afraid to ask the nursing staff questions
Patients are encouraged to use the excellent transport
links as detailed above or drive themselves to the hospital
if deemed medically stable to drive. This offers more control
over your care.
Hospital transport is available with ARRIVA or North West
Ambulance. The current transport contract agreed by the
commissioners is that a patient can arrive 45 minutes prior to
treatment and can wait up to 90 minutes post treatment for hospital
If you are self driving please inform one of the ward clerks and
provide car details so that they can ensure a space is made
available for the time you are receiving treatment. Car
parking is available in the basement of the building (see
map). There were will be a barrier controlled
entry. Spaces are not reserved but this is a dedicated renal
patient car park only. From the car park you will enter
the building via lift access to the second floor.
Refreshments in the way of drinks, toast, a sandwich and
biscuits will continue to be provided.
Please speak to the ward clerks on the unit who will be able to
provide information and assist in booking a holiday.
Guy Hill, Kidney Patients' Association
Irene Chambers, Manchester Institute of Nephrology and
Transplantation (MRI fundraiser)
0161 276 5644