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Withybush Hospital’s new renal unit has opened its doors and begun treating local patients.
The development has been has been provided thanks to a collaboration between the Welsh Renal Clinical Network, Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee, University Health Boards in Hywel Dda , Abertawe Bro Morgannwg and Fresenius Medical Care Renal Services Ltd.
The facility includes consulting, training and treatment areas, together with seminar and conference facilities.
Bernardine Rees, Chair of Hywel Dda University Health Board said: “I’m delighted that Pembrokeshire patients are now able to receive their treatment in such a modern facility without travelling far from home.
“I’d like to praise the hard work and dedication of the staff who worked tirelessly over the weekend to get the unit ready for opening this week.
Nicola Shaw, Regional Business Manager for Fresenius Medical Care Renal Services, who are commissioned to provide the service added: “We have been providing the service for the last six years and so were delighted to be selected to operate the service in the new unit. We know that patients have waited a long time for a permanent unit so at long last they can access a first class service and facility.”
Among the first patients to benefit from the service is Hannah Whatley from Pembroke Dock, who has a genetic disorder which has resulted in the need for dialysis. Previously she had been travelling to Morriston and Glangwili Hospitals to receive her treatment.
Mrs Whatley said: “The new unit is fantastic and the staff have been brilliant, nothing is too much trouble for them.
“This new unit means a lot to the people of Pembrokeshire and will improve the lives of many as they won’t need to travel so far anymore.”
Carol Legg from Freystrop, who is also benefitting from being treated closer to home, added: “Previously when I was travelling to Glangwili Hospital I would have to be up at 5am to get my lift which was such a long day.”