Norfolk Kidney Dialysis Patients Head for Holland

TV presenter Helen McDermott and Trust Chairman David Prior will be sending off dialysis patients from the Jack Pryor Unit of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital on their annual holiday to the Netherlands.

The Jack Pryor Unit is a 30-station renal dialysis unit based at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. For the past five years, patients and carers have had an annual summer holiday in the Netherlands, thanks to generous support from the United Norwich Kidney Patients Association (UNKPA) and ferry operator Stena Line. Now up to 45 patients and carers, aged from 41 to 80, are preparing for their trip.

Renal patients require dialysis two or three times a week, and each session takes three or four hours. Patients will spend a week at Camp Zelande, a Center Parcs-style holiday resort, and will have regular dialysis at the resort. The holiday is designed to enable patients and carers who might not be able to otherwise take a holiday to have a relaxing break.

Sandy Lines, UNKPA staff representative, said: “I would like to thank the local media for their help this year in making sure this holiday went ahead. It’s always difficult for dialysis patients to get a break away from home and I know from previous trips to the Netherlands just how much it means to patients and their carers, it really does bring a smile to their faces.”

Media contact: Andrew Stronach or Hayley Gerrard on 01603 287200.

Photo Opportunity

Anglia TV’s Helen McDermott and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital Chairman David Prior will send the dialysis patients off on their holiday on Friday 20th August at 1pm out side the Colney Centre entrance of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

Monday 16th of August 2004 03:00:58 PM