New renal unit opens

PUBLISHED: 11:02 28 July 2008 | UPDATED: 22:08 15 June 2010

The first patients have received dialysis treatment at East Devon's new renal satellite unit in Honiton.

The first patients have received dialysis treatment at East Devon's new renal satellite unit in Honiton.The £1.4 million 8-station renal dialysis unit opened on Monday 28 July and is set to provide the people of East Devon with a much needed local service.The new unit is a collaboration between Devon Primary Care Trust (PCT) and the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E).Les Hickman, who led the project for Devon PCT, welcomed the news."We are delighted the renal dialysis unit has opened on time and to budget," he said."It is already proving a really valuable service for people in East Devon and the surrounding rural area, who previously had to travel to Exeter for their dialysis sessions."Elaine Reynolds, who manages the RD&E's renal service, said: "We are really pleased with the new unit which means that our patients can receive this life-saving therapy closer to home."Patient input into the planning and design of the unit means that we have been able to achieve a truly patient-centred treatment environment."Up to 48 patients will benefit from shorter travel times for their treatment at the unit.Bill Sawyer, from Sidmouth, was involved in the planning stages and was one of the first patients to use the new service.He needs dialysis three times a week, and having the new unit on his doorstep will cut the time he spends travelling by half."The new unit will greatly benefit people in East Devon who need dialysis treatment," he said."It takes me just over a quarter of an hour to get to the renal unit now and that means I can spend more time at home."It is good to have this service on our doorstep."An official opening ceremony is planned for September.

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