The increase in stations means patients can get dialysis during more social hours
A new dialysis centre has been opened at Beaumount Hospital that will benefit thousands of people.
The new centre has increased capacity in the outpatient haemodialysis unit from 20 to 34 stations.
This allows Beaumont to eliminate early morning and late night dialysis sessions, ensuring that patients are now dialysed during more social hours, between 7am to 11pm, which will improve the quality of life and well-being if the patients.
Minister of State with responsibility for Disability, Finian McGrath officially opened the new Dialysis Therapy Centre on Thursday.
Speaking about the centre, he said "I am delighted to officially open the new Dialysis Therapy Centre at Beaumont Hospital.
"The Centre is a welcome expansion of the Renal Services provided by the Beaumont Hospital Kidney Centre and I am sure it will have a real impact for patients.
He finished by saying "The new Centre, which is part of a programme of expansion which I am progressing at the hospital, was developed with a focus on patient comfort, safety and privacy and the increased capacity in the Centre will mean patients will no longer have to travel for dialysis treatment during the night."
Conall O’Seaghdha, Director of General Nephrology and Transplantation Nephrology at the hospital said "The design of the new Centre allows us to improve work flow and infection prevention and control.
"There are four purpose built single dialysis rooms that enhance both the patient’s privacy and safety related to both infection control and risk.
"The additional capacity will also facilitate patient training and the unique opportunity for patients to dialyse independently at home, reducing the time they have to spend in hospital."
In 2016, just over 23,500 outpatient haemodialysis treatments were performed and there were 75 patients on home therapies, 53 of whom were on peritoneal dialysis and 22 on home haemodialysis.
The facility will function in line with the recommendations by the National Renal Office, operating at around 2.5 shifts per day assisting to reduce/eliminate the need for patients to travel for dialysis treatment in the middle of the night.