Kidney centre marks first year
The Norfolk and Norwich Kidney Centre opened a year ago today (2 March) and the NNUH team have delivered more than 27,000 dialysis sessions over the last 12 months.
The unit in Bowthorpe is one of the largest renal dialysis centres in the UK, run in partnership with Diaverum UK, and sees almost 90 patients a day.
Heather Moss, Senior Sister, said the centre never stopped during the pandemic and continued to offer essential treatments for patients.
She said: “In addition to the haemodialysis treatments, the home team have trained 35 patients onto peritoneal dialysis to carry out their treatment at home and we have been able to offer 13 sessions of holiday dialysis to patients visiting the area at the time when travel was allowed. Four patients have been trained to carry out home haemodialysis.”
“We have plans to run outpatient clinics from the centre, podiatry clinics and take medical students in for nephrology learning. Our specialist nurses are based here and continue to provide an excellent service for transplantation workup, vascular access monitoring and anaemia support. We also continue to support our patients with a renal counselling service and social work service along with our low clearance nurse who assesses new patients to support them in their choice of treatment. Our renal dieticians are also based at the Kidney centre offering good renal dietary advice to all patients.”
The centre held a small Covid-secure official opening in December and a video from the event can be viewed here