New Forest Dialysis Unit opening in Cinderford 9th October


Patients with kidney conditions in the Forest of Dean will soon benefit from a new facility which will bring treatment closer to their homes.

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has invested £1.6m in a brand new kidney care centre on the Forest Vale Industrial Estate in Cinderford.

Supported by partner organisations NHS Gloucestershire and the Forest of Dean District Council, the Trust’s new unit will boast ‘state of the art’ dialysis machines and has capacity for forty eight patients with twelve dialysis stations. It will help patients to dialyse closer to home.

The location of the unit was based on an analysis of travel times for over two hundred existing dialysis patients.

National Clinical Director for Kidney Care Dr Donal O’Donoghue will officially open the new satellite dialysis unit on 9th October 2012 at 3pm and photographers and the media are invited to attend.

The renal ‘tzar’ will be joined by Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Chair Professor Clair Chilvers as well as leaders of partner organisations Chief Executive of NHS Gloucestershire Jan Stubbings and the Leader of Forest of Dean District Council Cllr Patrick Molyneux at 3pm to open the unit.

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Chief Executive Dr Frank Harsent: “Having to undergo kidney dialysis has a massive impact on a patient's life, with most people needing lengthy sessions three times a week. It's therefore crucial that we offer it in the most welcoming of environments, where absolutely everything is tailored towards their specific needs.

“This investment will provide existing patients with the option to transfer their dialysis from the existing Cotswold and Severn dialysis units to the new unit, bringing care closer to their homes. Our consultant nephrologists will undertake regular ward rounds at the site in Cinderford.

“We are justifiably proud of the new unit and look forward to officially opening the new facility”.

Dr Jim Moriarty, Lead for Satellite Dialysis at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“This 12-station satellite dialysis unit will provide much-needed additional haemodialysis capacity across Gloucestershire. It will support up to 48 patients on dialysis, which will enable us to meet the anticipated future growth in demand.

Specialist consultant input will be provided by the visiting Renal Consultant Team from Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.”

Jan Stubbings, Chief Executive of NHS Gloucestershire, said:

“We are really pleased to be opening this unit which provides a much-needed resource for Gloucestershire. It will enable many dialysis patients to access first-rate treatment in modern, high quality facilities.”

Cllr Molyneux, Leader of Forest of Dean District Council, said: “The NHS investment is part of £46 million now secured towards regeneration in Cinderford. This new unit will undoubtedly improve healthcare facilities for the local area. Localising care and treatment and minimising the number of miles that patients from the district have to travel is a positive way forward.”