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New dialysis unit open at Sidcup
July 15, 2010
The Sidcup dialysis unit was officially opened by Bexley Council leader Teresa O'Neill. Present at the opening was Mrs Pam McEwen whose husband, the late Bill McEwen, had campaigned for local dialysis treatment during his years as a Bexley councillor. A framed photo in his memory is mounted in the unit's reception area.
Clint Ginn is one of the patients using the new unit, he said, "I've been getting home so much quicker, I can make arrangements to meet someone. I couldn't do that when I had to travel into London for dialysis."
Dr Simon Steddon, Clinical Director of the Guy's Kidney Unit, said: "We are very excited to be working alongside both South London Healthcare NHS Trust and Diaverum Renal Services to further our commitment to providing better local kidney services to our patients."
Dr Chris Streather, Chief Executive of South London Healthcare NHS Trust, said: "Thanks to Guys and St Thomas' who chose Queen Mary's site for this new unit, these patients now have extra time to get on with their lives."
Jan 29, 2010 / Ros Tibbles
Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust are planning to open a new dialysis unit on the site of Queen Mary´s Hospital, Sidcup. The trust is working with our commercial partner Diaverum Renal Services to provide a service to people in the local community who require haemodialysis. This approach to delivering dialysis is already in place at our Forest Hill dialysis unit.
At present people living in the Sidcup area are travelling to Guy's in London, New Cross or Forest Hill for dialysis. This new unit will significantly improve the service currently offered to the local community and will be within easy reach of local public transport services. The unit is scheduled to open in April 2010 and will provide eleven spaces for haemodialysis allowing 44 patients to be treated each week.
The nursing team will be led by Karen de la Hoz who currently manages the Forest Hill dialysis unit and Debbie Mundle, one of the dialysis Matrons from Guy´s and St Thomas'. Other members of the Guy's and St Thomas' kidney team will be available to support patient care.
This new unit is a temporary facility that will be in place while a permanent unit is planned and built.