A NEW dialysis centre, which will provide life-sustaining care to patients, has opened its doors to patients in Redditch.
Redditch Kidney Treatment Centre, run by Diaverum, in Walker’s Road, North Moon’s Moat, will provide life-saving dialysis treatment for patients who currently have to go to University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB).
The centre will initially open with 16 dialysis stations with an additional four isolation rooms to cater for around 50 patients from the north of Worcestershire who require dialysis, with the capacity to treat up to 100 in the future.
Patients will also be able to take advantage of the latest dialysis equipment, individual TV units and free Wi-Fi access.
Free parking is also available directly outside the building for patients.
Dr Clara Day, lead consultant for Haemodialysis at UHB said: “This new satellite unit will mean people in the Redditch and Bromsgrove area can be treated nearer to where they live.
“The facilities at Redditch Kidney Treatment Centre are of the highest quality.”
Patient Angela Richardson, who has been on dialysis since August and was one the first patients to dialyse at the unit, said: “It’s wonderful to be able to be at a unit so close to home.”
The new facility will also allow UHB to run outpatient clinics for a range of clinical specialties from the same site to cut travelling time for north Worcestershire patients who currently have to travel to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in south Birmingham for appointments.
The specialties that will offer services will be agreed in partnership with Redditch and Bromsgrove Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS England.
Dr Jonathan Wells, former chair and Clinical Lead of Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG said of the unit: “This is great news and will further enhance local health services for local patients.
“We fully support the move and we will be working closely with UHB to develop plans for more locally based services in the future.”