Work starts on Harlow’s first ever renal dialysis unit

Early summer 2013 is the target date when Harlow is set to get its first ever renal dialysis unit, which is being built by the Trust’s partner Diaverum UK. The new facility, which will at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow and is costing £1.5 million to create, will have 12 dialysis stations.

Once up and running, the new unit will be able to support the dialysis needs of around 70 patients at any given time. The vast majority of these individuals will come from the Harlow area, including those who are travelling to units at the Lister, Royal London and Broomfield hospitals currently. 


The Trust’s general manager for renal medicine, Bridget Sanders, said:

“Reaching agreement with the Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust to lease and make the changes needed for the dialysis unit we are creating in Harlow is great news. Our partner, Diaverum, is now working hard to make sure the new service is ready from early Summer of 2013. We know that people from Harlow and the surrounding areas are making daily trips to dialysis units in Chelmsford and London, so having a service on their door step will be great for them.

“At the same time as developing the Harlow unit, we’re also creating a similar service in Bedford. Once everything is in place by the middle of this year, this means that the Lister’s nationally recognised renal dialysis service will act as a hub supporting four satellite units in St Albans, Luton, Bedford and Harlow – making the service one of the largest in Eastern England.

Jules Martin, chief operating officer at Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust, says:

“The best thing about the East and North Hertfordshire outpatient renal service on our site at Harlow is that it’s going to make things so much easier for our patients. No longer will they be expected to travel miles for their treatment. Patients will now be able to access a fantastic first class renal service on their doorstep. We’re delighted we can be part of making these improvements to our hospital and in so doing improve care for our community.”

Following a formal tendering and procurement process carried out by the East of England Specialised Commissioning Group, which now forms part of the Midlands and East Specialised Commissioning Group, the Trust was asked to create two new satellite renal dialysis units in Bedford and Harlow. The Trust’s bid was a joint one put forward by its renal dialysis team, working closely with its specialist independent sector partner, Diaverum UK.

Over the coming weeks and months, the Trust’s renal team will continue talking with its patients from the Harlow and Bedford areas, advising them about the new developments. The Trust’s team is also in the process of contacting those from these areas who are getting their dialysis in units in other parts of Essex or London who may be interested in transferring to the Harlow and Bedford units when they open next year.

Local people currently having their dialysis elsewhere in Essex or north London who may wish to consider transferring to new facility in Harlow should call 01438 285385 for more information.