The Home haemodialysis unit is located at Lister hospital level 3. If you are considering home haemodialysis, you will need to come to the unit for training 3-4 times a week.
During your training, you will be trained by highly qualified members of staff and you will gain confidence and develop skills.
Once you are independent at home, we aim to cover the additional costs of electricity and water incurred with a quarterly payment based on your KW/H charge.
Home haemodialysis training
Anyone is suitable for home haemodialysis unless it is shown they cannot manage. There is no age limit.
Home haemodialysis gives people more energy and a better quality of life. They can eat more – the blood phosphate levels can even be too low if dialysis goes really well.
The training usually takes 10-12 weeks.
You can dialyse at home using neckline or fistula. The dialysis machine will alarm if something goes wrong, we will train you how to troubleshoot.
A home visit will be carried out by our technical team to ensure you have adequate space and understand what it entails.
What are the different options for home haemodialysis?
Time, length and frequency of the home haemodialysis treatment depends on the medical condition and lifestyle issues. There are different options for HHD:
- Home haemodialysis during daytime, typically 3-4 times a week for 3-4 hours
- Nocturnal home haemodialysis performed during the night while you are sleeping
- Short daily home haemodialysis (portable machine) is performed 4-5 times a week for 2-3 hours.
“Being able to dialyse at home has completely changed my life. I am free to plan my week as I want it. My work life and social life has improved dramatically,” Rachel, home haemodialysis patient.
FAQS about haemodialysis at home
Yes – you will need an area for the machine, filters and storage.
Some patients will require dialysis 3-4 times a week.
You will be able to decide what time of day the dialysis take place.
Yes, home haemodialysis can be done outside of work hours and when is most convenient to you.
Yes, however you will need to book your holiday dialysis. Some home dialysis machines are portable. You can discuss this with the team on the phone number below.
Some patients have experienced problems with the fistula or dialysis access that may lead to some blood infections. However, the team will be on hand to support with any issues, worries or concerns you may have.
We provide detailed training, support from our home therapies unit, technical support for machines. You will have a personal service with the team and a home HD consultant.
If you are interested or have any questions, you can contact the Home haemodialysis team on 01438 284100 (7.30am-5.30pm).