Bedford renal unit

Welcome to the Bedford renal Satellite Haemodialysis Unit

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About the unit

Bedford renal unit is one of the five satellite haemodialysis units which, under East and North Herts NHS Trust, provide a regional service covering Herts and Beds counties for patients with Chronic Kidney Disease.  The new unit is on on Napier Road in the Elm Farm Industrial Estate on Bedford’s eastern outskirts close to the new A421 bypass.

The unit is full to capacity, with 16 patients for both morning and afternoon shifts, with the Twilight shift dialysing 13 patients. The unit is open Monday to Saturday.

The unit’s treatment times run from 07.15 to 10.30am, from Monday to Saturday.  It is closed on Sundays. The unit is open on the Sunday before Christmas and New Year, as it is closed on those days.

There are tea and biscuits provided to patients during treatment. We advise that diabetic patients bring a snack with them to maintain their blood sugar levels. 

The unit also provides integrated diabetic clinic reviews every three months that are led by the community diabetic nurse consultant. Diabetic patients are reviewed while receiving treatment, reducing patient journeys to the community clinic. 

The team also run a haemodialysis shared care programme which allows patients to understand and participate in their own treatment. In order to fit with patient lifestyles and commitments, the team work hand-in-hand with the Lister home haemodialysis team in training and supporting patients who wish to treat themselves at home. 

What’s available

  • Fresenius machines will be used
  • Consultation rooms available
  • Input from Multidisciplinary team (dietitians, Social Worker, Counsellor etc)
  • Patient WI-FI available along with a TV at every station

Food and drink

We currently 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.

Meet the Team

Consultant Nephrologist is Dr Roger Greenwood and the Matron for this nurse led unit is Sue Samme and the Senior Sister is Ann Karanja. Their core working hours are Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm.

Lister Area Kidney Patients Association (LAKPA)

We are privileged to have LAKPA help us run a number of patient engagement activities throughout the year, such as patient lunches, days out and summer BBQs – all of which help in supporting and encouraging our patients. 

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Useful Info

2 Napier Road
Elm Farm Industrial Estate
MK41 0JW

Tel: 01438286750/1

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