Mayor officially opens dialysis unit in town

Alnwick Mayor Bill Grisdale, centre, visited Alnwick Dialysis Unit to officially open the service. Photograph by Sue Todd of Sue Todd Photography
Alnwick Mayor Bill Grisdale, centre, visited Alnwick Dialysis Unit to officially open the service. Photograph by Sue Todd of Sue Todd Photography

A new dialysis unit in Alnwick has been officially opened by the town’s mayor.

The Alnwick Dialysis Unit is a partnership between Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and specialist independent dialysis service provider Renal Services (UK) Ltd.

The facility is based at Unit 6G, Greensfield Court, Greensfield Industrial Estate and provides dialysis services for patients living in north Northumberland who have previously had to travel for their thrice-weekly treatment at the Freeman Hospital’s Renal Services Centre in Newcastle.

The new service is run by nurses specially trained to provide dialysis and patients will remain under the care of their Newcastle-based consultant nephrologists.

Alnwick Mayor Bill Grisdale visited the unit to open the service officially at the end of last month. He said: “It is a fantastic asset to the town and the patients said it was lovely to have it in Alnwick.”

Stefano Ciampolini, chief executive officer and founder of Renal Services, said: “We are delighted to offer a local and more convenient service at the new unit, while maintaining the standards provided by the Freeman Hospital.

“Our patients are at the heart of everything we do. By providing efficient and effective community-based dialysis closer to home, we give our patients greater personal control and choice, helping them to stay independent for longer.

“There has been a gap in service provision in and around Alnwick and the new unit has been long awaited.”