New Kidney Treatment Centre opens in Sidcup
Diaverum in partnership with Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust opened its new Kidney Treatment Centre (KTC) at Queen Mary’s Hospital (QMH), Sidcup, to patients for the first time on Monday 24 April.
The brand new KTC has replaced a temporary dialysis unit on the QMH site.
The number of kidney dialysis stations has increased from 12 to 20 and there are also consultation rooms for outpatient appointments.
Michael Hartnett, Diaverum UK Managing Director, says: “We have been providing dialysis for local patients from a temporary unit at QMH since 2010, and we are very pleased to relocate the service to a new state-of-the-art facility.
“The new centre will enhance the experience for all users and will create significant additional capacity, allowing all local kidney patients to be treated locally. The new Kidney Treatment Centre will allow Sidcup kidney patients to receive more co-ordinated, integrated and local healthcare, and we are delighted to work in partnership with our NHS colleagues to deliver these benefits.”
Ros Tibbles, Service Improvement Nurse at Guy’s and St Thomas’, says: “Our new Kidney Treatment Centre at QMH will allow us to dialyse more patients closer to home. This is especially important for kidney dialysis patients who need treatment three times a week for between four and five hours.
“We are also very pleased that the centre includes a number of clinic rooms, so that patients can have specialist treatment and outpatient consultations locally rather than having to travel into central London.”
Andy Trotter, Chairman of Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust which owns and manages the QMH site, says “Oxleas is delighted to be working with our partners to lead this new and innovative approach to delivering healthcare, ensuring local people have access to the very best services possible.”
Dr Nikita Kanani, a local GP and Chief Clinical Officer for NHS Bexley Clinical Commissioning Group, adds: “This innovative new facility will make a big difference to local patients with chronic kidney disease. Having a high quality kidney treatment centre in the borough of Bexley is a major health advancement for residents.”