About the unit
The dialysis unit is based within the Princess Alexandra Hospital and opened to treat its first patients in August 2013. There are 12 dialysis stations, incorporating four isolation rooms. All stations have individualised televisions; other facilities include a spacious waiting room with TV and outpatient consultation rooms.
The unit is open for treatment from Monday to Saturday:
Between 7:15am and 10.30pm
Meet the team
The unit is run by renal-trained nurses, supported by junior nurses and care support workers. The senior sister for the unit is Saro Sajeev and the consultant nephrologist is Dr Suresh Mathavakkannan. Saro can be contacted Monday to Friday between 8.00am and 4.00pm.
There are twice-weekly visits from a consultant nephrologist to ensure patients are medically-reviewed regularly. Outside of these times, doctors can be contacted by telephone by staff at Harlow for advice as required. Other health care professionals also provide support to patients including the psychosocial and renal dietetic teams. The water purification system and dialysis machines are supported by renal technologists.
The dialysis unit has it’s own car parking bays, with those attending for regular dialysis given a permit to park free of charge.
Food and drink
There are catering facilities in the main Princess Alexandra Hospital. Currently we do not provide food or drink in the dialysis unit and ask you to avoid eating and drinking throughout the duration of your treatment as it may make you feel unwell. However we are looking at the possibility of providing refreshments during treatments.
If you are a diabetic, it is advisable to bring a snack and cold drink with you.
Any patient interested in transferring their dialysis care to the Harlow dialysis unit, should either contact the unit directly, or ask their current dialysis unit to do so by calling: 01279 278205 (nurses station).