A NEW 30-station dialysis unit for patients in Merthyr Tydfil will open on March 3, 2014.
The contract for the new unit, which will replace the outdated and cramped facilities at Prince Charles Hospital, in Merthyr Tydfil, has been awarded to Fresenius Medical Care.
dialysiisThis new larger unit will be based in Goat Mill Road in Merthyr Tydfil and will mean patients no longer have to travel to other units in South Wales to have dialysis.
Current space restrictions at the Prince Charles Hospital dialysis unit, which has 13 stations and is more than 20 years old, means more than 20 local patients have to go elsewhere in South Wales for dialysis.
The Prince Charles Hospital unit has also suffered from significant and ongoing structural and maintenance issues.
Dr Richard Moore, the lead clinician for the Welsh Renal Clinical Network, said: “This is a significant investment in renal services for the patients of Merthyr Tydfil and is part of the Welsh Renal Clinical Network’s commitment to improve access to renal and dialysis services across Wales.”
Rob Kendrick, a patient representative at the current dialysis unit: “We have been waiting for quite a few years for a new unit and the prospect of a new up-to-date unit is very exciting not only for the patients but also the staff who have had to put up with a below standard building for far too long.
“With the ever-increasing number of dialysis patients we have always believed that a much bigger and better-equipped unit was required. So we are all very excited about moving into our new unit.”
As well as providing more local treatment for patients who need dialysis, the new unit will also increase the provision of other local renal services, including self care and home dialysis training. Additional consultant sessions will also be provided to support the new larger unit.
fresenius.jpgShaun Tudge, clinic services director of Fresenius Medical Care, said: “The new unit will really be a first class dialysis facility for Wales. It is being fitted out to the latest healthcare facility and environmental standards and equipped with the most modern equipment available.
“Each patient will have their own radio and TV, free wi-fi and a refreshment service and patients will have access to more outpatient appointments at the unit in one of the three new dedicated consulting rooms.”
Kamal Asaad, medical director of Cwm Taf Health Board, said: “This new unit will ensure that patients receive their dialysis treatment in modern, purpose-built surroundings. We look forward to seeing this new, much-needed facility opening in March 2014.”
Dr Paul Worthington, chief officer Cwm Taf Community Health Council, added: “This is really great news for patients in our area. Our CHC members have been concerned for some time about the quality of the environment at the current dialysis unit and we’ve been very keen to see improvements.
“We’re really looking forward to seeing the high-quality, modern facilities that local patients and the staff caring for them deserve.”