Patients with kidney conditions in north London are benefiting from a new facility which has brought treatment closer to their homes.
The Royal Free has invested £3million in a brand new kidney care
centre at Edgware Community Hospital which opened at the end of last
year. The centre was officially opened on Monday, 26 March, by the mayor
of Barnet, Councillor Lisa Rutter. Guests at the event included Matthew
Offord, MP for Hendon, and Dr Donal O’Donoghue, the national clinical
director for kidney care.
The centre has 29 dialysis stations and five clinic rooms offering a
full range of renal services. This includes haemodialysis and
peritoneal dialysis, preparing patients for dialysis and the treatment
of chronic kidney disease. The Edgware centre has a self care area,
which allows patients to dialyse themselves with minimal staff
supervision or prepare for dialysis in their own homes.
The new centre is more convenient for many patients, who previously
had to travel from the Edgware area to other dialysis centres across
north central London. Care is delivered by the same high quality team of
Royal Free staff, saving patients time and making treatment more convenient.
Dr Jenny Cross, dialysis lead clinician at the kidney care centre,
said: “We know that if you are travelling several times a week for
dialysis, having a shorter journey time is really important. We have
listened to the needs of our patients, and we wanted to provide them
with a modern, purpose-built facility closer to their homes.
“The opening of Edgware is part of a wider strategy transforming
the way we deliver renal services. We want to give our patients more
choice about where they have treatment, to offer a range of treatment
options in comfortable surroundings and to be able to treat patients in
one place without them having to travel to different locations.
“We have begun to offer a more integrated pathway of care for
patients with chronic kidney disease in the area, which will deliver
diagnostic clinics with a detailed care plan provided for GPs at the new
Karen Nathan from Bushey has dialysis for three and a half hours,
three times a week, at the new Edgware centre. She said: “I used to have
to travel to Camden for dialysis but this new centre means I can
receive treatment just 10 minutes away from my house. I have to come
here three times a week so it’s important to be able to come to
facilities that are closer to my house.
“All the staff, including doctors, nurses, healthcare assistants
and domestic staff, are helpful and provide an excellent standard of
care. We are very fortunate to have this excellent facility.”
Adrian Levy, from Woodside Park, comes to the new centre for
regular tests to check on his kidney function. He said: “The facilities
at the new centre are like a five-star hotel. All of the staff, from the
nurses to the cleaners, are very polite and helpful.
”When you have caring staff around you, it makes you feel so much
better as a patient. The new centre is much closer to where I live and
it is easier to park here. I feel completely relaxed and special
whenever I come here.”
Following the opening of the new centre, the Royal Free will offer a
full range of kidney services on one site. By working more closely with
local GPs, the aim is to provide a seamless service between GP
practices and hospital specialists.
The Edgware centre is the first of three new kidney centres planned
over the next 18 months. The Royal Free is preparing to expand the
existing Mary Rankin unit at St Pancras and there is also a brand new
kidney centre in Tottenham planned.