Harlow’s new £1.5 million renal dialysis unit treats first patients

Patients from East Hertfordshire and West Essex have started to be treated at a new £1.5 million renal dialysis unit that the Trust has created with its specialist partner Diaverum UK in Harlow.

The new unit, which is located on the Princess Alexandra Hospital site, has 12 dialysis stations. 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 wider Harlow area, including those who are travelling to units at the Lister, Royal London and Broomfield hospitals.

A patient in bed being cared for at the Harlow renal unit

The Trust’s general manager for renal medicine, Bridget Sanders, said: “The team is delighted that our new renal dialysis unit in Harlow is now treating its first patients. This important new facility is located in a part of the country where people traditionally have had to travel fairly long distances to access such an important life-saving service. Along with our partners at Diaverum UK, we’ve worked very hard to get the new service ready – which is why it’s so pleasing to see it being used.”

With the Harlow unit now open and the Bedford service having started in April 2013, the Trust’s nationally recognised renal dialysis service is now providing renal dialysis services in Stevenage, St Albans, Luton, Bedford and Harlow. With the service hub being at the Lister hospital, Stevenage, the service has become one of the largest in the country.