Our first patients’ received dialysis in May 1989 after Dr Roger Greenwood introduced renal services at the Lister in Stevenage in December 1988.
We have 25 stations in our haemodialysis unit, which is positioned next to the main entrance of the Lister hospital. Our haemodialysis unit was recently extended to give patients more space and more comfortable surroundings.
We also have 24 beds dedicated to in-patient nephrology (renal / kidney medicine) on level 6 of the main tower block of the hospital. This houses facilities for acute haemodialysis. The renal unit also has a seminar room, a technical laboratory, patient examination rooms, and a number of offices.
To give our patients more choice we have a home therapy unit (peritoneal dialysis and home haemodialysis) which is next to our haemodialysis unit on level 3 at the Lister hospital.
Dialysis facilities are also provided at St Albans City Hospital (16 stations) and Luton and Dunstable Hospital (23 stations). Our renal unit is recognised as an specialist referral centre for renal medicine serving most of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, which means we have a catchment population of 1.2m.
Patients are referred from:
- East and North Herts (The Lister and QEII Hospital, Welwyn)
- West Herts (St Albans and Hemel Hempstead Hospitals)
- South Beds (The Luton and Dunstable Hospital)
- North Beds (Bedford General), with some support provided for West Essex (Princes Alexandra hospital, Harlow).