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Oldham’s Dialysis Unit has been officially opened and is providing local kidney care closer to home for patients.
A plaque was unveiled at the opening event by BBC Radio Manchester DJ Mike Sweeney and guests were given a tour around the new facility, which is provided and run by Fresenius Medical Care Renal Services on behalf of Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust.
Patients receiving treatment at the new unit on Sheepfoot Lane, previously had to travel to Salford Royal for dialysis, three times a week for four hours on each occasion.
Now, 68 patients receive treatment closer to home in a purpose built unit that includes 20 dialysis stations, two self-care areas and modern consultant rooms.
At the opening event, Mike Sweeney, who was born in Salford and lives in Oldham, said: “This is an absolutely amazing place and I am chuffed to bits that it is here in Oldham.”
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.
Along with providing local care for dialysis patients, there will also be specialist outpatient clinics and infusions treatments at the Oldham unit to provide even more care closer to home.
Ian Moston, Salford Royal’s Executive Finance Director who has responsibility for Neurology and Renal services, said: “Thanks to this purpose-built facility, journey times have been dramatically reduced and patients have said how convenient it is being able to receive treatment practically on their own doorstep.”
Dr Alex Heaton, Medical Director of Fresenius Medical Care Renal Services, said he was proud of the unit and the fact it was already making a positive difference to patients.