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New kidney treatment centre at Queen Mary's Hospital opened its doors today

PUBLISHED: 15:28 24 April 2017 | UPDATED: 09:17 25 April 2017

Teams from Guy�s and St Thomas�, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and Diaverum in a group shot inside the new centre

Teams from Guy�s and St Thomas�, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and Diaverum in a group shot inside the new centre

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The centre provides dialysis treatment closer to home for locals - before they had to travel into London

Patient Bhakshar Patel with nurse Nurun NeharPatient Bhakshar Patel with nurse Nurun Nehar

The new kidney treatment centre at Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup, will provide “vital treatment closer to home”, officials have said.

The Guy’s and St Thomas’ Kidney Treatment Centre, which opened its doors to patients for the first time today (April 24), is part of a £30 million redevelopment of Queen Mary’s Hospital by Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, which also includes a new cancer treatment centre due to open on May 8.

Both treatment hubs will be run by a combination of services from Guy’s and St Thomas’, and King’s College Hospital.

The kidney treatment centre has increased its number of dialysis stations from 12 to 30, and now has consultation rooms for outpatient appointments.

Dialysis is a procedure to remove waste products and excess fluid from the blood when the kidneys stop working properly. It often involves diverting blood to a machine to be cleaned.

Ros Tibbles, service improvement nurse at Guy’s and St Thomas’, said: “This new centre 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 to five hours.

“Patients have been involved in choosing the colour scheme for the centre and the new environment will make it a much more pleasant and comfortable experience for our patients.

“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 eather than having to travel into central London.”

Bhakshar Patel, a dialysis patient from Petts Wood, said: “The new centre is lovely. It’s more open and spacious than the temporary unit we were using before and because there is more daylight it’s brighter. The environment is better – it’s more peaceful, there is easy access to the unit and everyone feels more comfortable.”

Dr Nikita Kanani, a GP and chief clinical officer for NHS Bexley Clinical Commissioning Group, added: “This facility will make a big difference to local patients with chronic kidney disease.

“Patients often feel exhausted and suffer from itchy skin and muscle cramps when undergoing dialysis, and so being able to access care locally and not have to travel into central London will make a huge difference to their recovery and well-being.”

The new cancer centre opening in May will be able to provide radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment. At present some chemotherapy treatment is provided at Sidcup but patients needing radiotherapy treatment have to travel to Guy’s or St Thomas’ hospitals in London.

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