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Celebrating opening of new dialysis unit

Ahead of World Kidney Day (8 March) the renal team have been celebrating the ‘official’ opening of York Hospital’s new shared care unit for dialysis patients.

The unit offers shared haemodialysis care where patients can retain a high level of independence but still have the reassurance of a trained staff member around.

The occasion was marked by David Worth who was one of the first consultants to work in the renal unit and played a significant role in creating dialysis services in York.

Renal care at the Trust has come a long way in the last 18 years and the shared care unit prides itself on the progress made on shared care where patients play an active role in their dialysis.

Julie Rice, Healthcare Assistant, said: ‘Shared care means getting to know my patients as an individual, as a person not an illness, and working in partnership with our patients to help them achieve their individual goals’

Dr Keith McCullough, Lead Clinician for Renal Services, said: “While shared care has proved a big step towards independence for dialysis patients, it requires a lot of commitment on both sides. Patients on the shared care unit learn to do many of the tasks that our nurses would normally do and this is a great achievement. We wanted to recognise what an accomplishment this is by presenting patients with a certificate of achievement.”

Kidney Facts

  • Kidneys filter around 180 litres of blood every day
  • Kidney disease is common and can affect anyone, including children, and there is no cure
  • Kidney failure is fatal without dialysis or a transplant
  • Right now, around 64,000 people in the UK are being treated for kidney failure
  • 5,200 people are waiting for a kidney, yet only around 3,300 transplants are carried out each year in the UK
  • An estimated 60,000 people in the UK die prematurely due to kidney disease each year
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