Million pound dialysis unit officially launched in town

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A VITAL treatment centre for patients needing kidney dialysis officially opened its doors last Thursday.

The unit in Ida Road, Skegness, was a created due to the providers, Renal Services UK Limited, outgrowing its previous premises in Ingoldmells.

Mayor of Skegness Coun Steve Kirk and Mayoress, Cath Kirk also attended where they officially opened the new unit.

Approximately £1 million has been invested into the state-of-the art centre which will provide dialysis for patients using the latest equipment.

Patients using the treatment unit will be able to receive life-saving care though which the blood is circulated though a specialised filter and processed in a way that mimics the action of normally functioning kidneys.

A spokesperson said: “We needed extra dialysis stations to cater for the increasing numbers of both local patients and those who require holiday dialysis whilst staying in Skegness.”

Geoff Poulter, a founder of Skegness Hospital Watch, said: “I welcome the new unit and hope it will be used frequently like the previous one in Ingoldmells.

“It will be good for patients because they won’t have to travel down to Leicester and other places for treatment. As a personal view, I would like to have seen it in the hospital and run by it but I am glad to see it here as people 100 per cent need it.”

The holiday dialysis facility will cater for people from mainly the Midlands and North of England and so far over 300 people have booked to use the facility whilst visiting the area.

“We anticipate that for 2011, we will treat close to 400 holiday patients as well as the local patient population”, a spokesperson added.

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