In­for­ma­tion meet­ing on new re­nal dial­y­sis unit

Gorey Guardian - - NEWS - By MARIA PEP­PER

B. Braun, the com­pany de­vel­op­ing a new satel­lite kid­ney dial­y­sis unit in Dri­nagh, is hold­ing an in­for­ma­tion evening for pa­tients and their fam­i­lies in Clay­ton Whites Ho­tel this Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 12 from 7 to 8.15 pm.

The Well­stone Clinic is cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion at Sin­nottstown Lane, on the out­skirts of town, and is on sched­ule to be open in early 2018, ac­cord­ing to the Op­er­a­tions Man­ager, Stephen Byrne.

The in­for­ma­tion meet­ing will be­gin with an on open­ing ad­dress by a se­nior rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Uni­ver­sity Hospi­tal Water­ford which will have clin­i­cal gov­er­nance over the op­er­a­tion of the long-awaited Wex­ford dial­y­sis unit.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of B.Braun which won the con­tract af­ter Fre­se­nius Med­i­cal Care Ltd failed to ob­tain plan­ning for a dial­y­sis cen­tre in a for­mer fac­tory unit in Whitemill In­dus­trial Es­tate, will give a progress re­port on the project and out­line the ser­vice and fa­cil­i­ties to be of­fered by the ‘state-of-the-art’ unit. A 3-D model and new dial­y­sis equip­ment will be avail­able for peo­ple to view.

Dr. Frank Kelly, Con­sul­tant Nephrol­o­gist at Uni­ver­sity Hospi­tal Water­ford will talk about the en­hance­ment of re­nal care ser­vices in the south-east while a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Ir­ish Kid­ney As­so­ci­a­tion will talk about the project from a pa­tient’s per­spec­tive.

A ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion will be held by the HSE and B. Braun, to ad­dress any ad­di­tional queries that peo­ple in at­ten­dance might have.

‘B. Braun are de­lighted to have been nom­i­nated by the HSE to de­velop and op­er­ate a satel­lite hameo­dial­y­sis clinic in Dri­nagh, Wex­ford un­der the Clin­i­cal Gov­er­nance of the par­ent re­nal unit at Water­ford Uni­ver­sity Hospi­tal’, said Mr. Byrne.

The Wex­ford Well­stone Clinic be­gan re­cruit­ing for nurses and other health­care staff re­cently.

The new clinic is the cul­mi­na­tion of a 10-year cam­paign to have a kid­ney dial­y­sis unit built in Wex­ford to im­proves the lives of pa­tients who cur­rently have to travel to Water­ford or Dublin up to three times a week to re­ceive life-sav­ing treat­ment.

B.Braun is a global health­care ser­vice provider with an­other Well­stone Clinic in Gal­way.

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