Wednesday, 6 February 2008

Expanding dialysis capacity - opportunities in new community hospitals

The inexorable increase in the number of people requiring dialysis was flagged in the community hospitals & services white paper. So it was great to see the policy translated into delivery. The first dialysis unit in a new community hospital was opened at Aldeburgh Hospital in Suffolk on 1 February. This will improve the experience of dialysis for local people and free up capacity at Ipswich Hospital.

All concerned should congratulate themselves on delivering this new service. Carole Taylor-Brown, CEO of Suffolk Primary Care Trust told guests at the opening that the dialysis unit would not have been possible without the generosity of the League of Friends. The money was raised through legacies, donations and coffee mornings. Jean Flick, Chairman of the League of Friends said “all the local people, pubs, women’s institutes and others have given us a lot of money and we are over the moon with the new facility – it’s just fantastic”.