Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Countdown to the patient transport survey: one week to go

There’s not long to go before the second Patient Transport survey takes place in all renal units on 13 and 14 October. All haemodialysis patients will be given a survey to complete when they attend their unit for dialysis on those days. It will ask about their recent experience of travelling to and from dialysis. There are also surveys for every renal unit manager and renal transport commissioner.

The survey is part of the National Kidney Care Audit which is run by The NHS Information Centre.

As I’ve said before, the audit is vital for monitoring and improving patient transport services. This is so important for patients, whether it’s convenient pick up and journey times for those using provided transport, or the ability to park for free for those using their own cars. It will give us an opportunity to see what has changed since the last survey in 2008, and where improvements can be made.

I would like to encourage all haemodialysis patients to take part. It shouldn’t be difficult to fill in and will really help to make a difference. The results will be completely anonymous so nobody will be identified in any way. For those of you working in renal units, please support the survey by helping patients to take part.

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