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Dialysis patients now receive treatment closer to home after a state-of-the-art renal unit opened in Oldham this week.
Grandfather-of-three Ray Foden previously had to travel from his Failsworth home to Salford Royal for haemodialysis three times a week, for four hours on each occasion.
The 77-year-old now receives treatment in a purpose built renal unit next to Boundary Park – a 15 minute journey from home.
He said: “It was quite a drag travelling to Salford and I wasn’t getting home until midnight so it was quite tiring. Now I can plan to do something with the rest of my day.
“The new unit is great, it will be a huge benefit for patients.”
Haemodialysis is a life-saving treatment for those suffering from kidney failure. The dialysis machine removes and filters waste products from a patient’s blood before the ‘clean blood’ is passed back into the body.
The Oldham Dialysis Unit, which opened on Monday, April 28, on Sheepfoot Lane, ensures treatment is more convenient for around 60 eligible patients.
It is provided by Salford Royal but run and staffed by Fresenius Medical Care Renal Services Ltd.
The unit has state of the art equipment offering the highest quality treatments to patients. There is a bright, spacious treatment area and outpatient consulting rooms.
Sue Flintham, Regional Business Manager for Fresenius Medical Care Renal Services Ltd. said “We are delighted for patients in the Oldham area, that they now have a new facility at which they can access treatment much closer to home, in a state of the art facility, which will improve their quality of life.”
Dr Aladdin Shurrab, Salford Royal’s Consultant Renal Physician, said: “This fantastic facility is providing treatment that is more convenient for our patients living in Oldham and we have already seen the positive impact this is having on those people benefiting from the new service.”