AN APPEAL to raise £200,000 to establish a life-saving shared care dialysis unit at Harrogate District Hospital has been launched.
The Harrogate Share the Care Appeal hopes to raise enough money to refurbish an area of the hospital for a unit which will allow patients to manage their own care, with the support of medical staff if needed.
The appeal has been launched by the York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, which provides the specialist service of renal dialysis in Harrogate.
Dr Paul Laboi, consultant in renal medicine said: “York and Harrogate haemodialysis services provided 21,000 treatments last year.
“The majority of the treatments were delivered in hospitals and a small minority had this treatment in their own homes.
“Our shared care program has given patients on hospital haemodialysis the opportunity to take a greater part in their own care, resulting in an empowered self caring patient.
“50 per cent of these patients don’t have the right circumstances at home to enjoy the benefits of home dialysis.
“Harrogate Share the Care appeal will allow us to create ‘home from home’ dialysis treatment areas, where self caring patients will take charge of their own treatment and will have access to treatments that will improve quality of life.”
To support the appeal – as an individual, a school, college, company or a group or association – contact Lucy Watson on 01904 721737, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.york.nhs.uk/fundraising.