Renal unit opened by mayor of Bedford

The Trust’s new £1.5 million renal dialysis unit in Bedford was officially opened by the borough’s Mayor, Mr Dave Hodgson on Wednesday 11 September 2013.

Bedford Renal

The unit was created by East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust with its specialist partner Diaverum UK.

It opened to patients in April 2013 and has 10 dialysis stations – with capacity to add a further six as and when needed. The unit is capable of supporting the dialysis needs of around 60 patients at any given time; it also has capacity in the longer term to dialyse some 90 people.

The Bedford unit also offers local people much shorter travel times compared to existing units in hospitals elsewhere – which for those who dialyse several times a week can become a very important factor in choice of their renal unit.

The Trust’s nationally recognised renal dialysis service is one of the largest in the country and provides renal dialysis services in Stevenage, St Albans, Luton, Bedford and Harlow, with the service hub at the Lister hospital, Stevenage.