Vascular hub and renal unit given go-ahead

The go-ahead has been given for the creation of a new vascular network in Hertfordshire and west Essex, as well as for the relocation of the renal dialysis unit based at the Luton and Dunstable hospital. The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, made the announcement as part of a £1 billion investment in NHS services.

Above: The Trust’s chief executive, Nick Carver

Welcoming the funding, the Trust’s chief executive, Nick Carver, said:

“The vascular network will provide elective and 24/7 emergency vascular services for patients in Hertfordshire and west Essex, including a vascular hub at the Lister hospital where all arterial procedures will be carried out. This will also benefit a number of specialists including stroke and cancer services. By working with other local NHS hospitals, the network will greatly improve diagnosis and treatment for vascular conditions and will improve both the quality of care and experience for our patients.

“To meet the demand for renal dialysis patients in the Luton and Dunstable area, the renal unit will also be relocated to a new facility with greater capacity. The building will have a designated space where patients are able to self-dialyse if they are not able to do so from home, allowing for greater flexibility in their treatment and improving the quality of their care and experience.”