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King's opens its fifth satellite unit at Sydenham

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Jacqueliine Joseph-Brown is pleased to be able to dialyse close to her home now.

Mar 4, 2010 /

King´s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, has opened a new satellite dialysis centre in Sydenham, south east London. Kings@Sydenham is the Trust´s fifth satellite unit and is part of a wider strategy to bring care closer to where people live. The new unit opened its doors in October 2009 to a small number of patients and was officially opened on Friday 15th January 2010 by Tim Smart, King´s Chief Executive.

Sandy Hayward, senior sister, described the unit as ´friendly, modern and spacious, where patients are encouraged to take part in their treatment´ and said ´This is fantastic news for King´s patients living in or near Sydenham. It can often be difficult for patients undergoing dialysis three times a week to fit treatments in to their busy lives. By having a network of satellite units out in the community, we can save patients time previously spent travelling up to King´s for dialysis´.

Kings@Sydenham is a nurse led unit managed by Sandy Hayward and her team of dedicated, experienced renal nurses in conjunction with Sapna Shah, Consultant Nephrologist. There are 18 dialysis ´stations´ including six single rooms providing dialysis for up to 108 patients each week. In addition, there is a training area for home haemodialysis where staff can teach patients so that they can dialyse in the comfort of their own home at a time that suits them. This unit enables patients to have more choice around where to have treatment in addition to supporting more patients to learn to carry out their own treatment at home.

As with other satellite units, patients dialysing at Sydenham will have access to all members of the kidney team including dieticians, social workers and counsellors.

At the opening ceremony, Bruce Hendry, Professor of Renal Medicine, and Sarah Dunton, Head of Nursing for Renal and Liver directorates, praised the effort and vision of the team in improving dialysis facilities for the local community.

Jacqueline Joseph–Brown started dialysis July 2009 and says, ´I have been at Sydenham dialysis unit for about three months. I use this service three times a week so it is so important that it is near to my home. Having a young family has its pressures, so you can image how pleased I was when this unit opened. Since I have been here I have been trained to do my own dialysis. I can set up the machine and put in my data. I can also put myself on and off the machine with assistance. I am able to do this because of the support I have had from the staff at Sydenham. I am hoping that soon I will be able to have a kidney machine at home. I could not have achieved this without the support from the nurses. Thank you all so much.´