Appeal for life-saving unit

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AN APPEAL is to be launched to raise £200,000 for a life-saving shared care dialysis unit at Harrogate District Hospital.

The Share the Care Appeal aims to enable patients to manage their own dialysis treatment. A launch event is to be held at the hospital on Monday and members of the public are invited to attend.

Dr Paul Laboi, consultant in renal medicine, said: “The 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.”

Almost 23,000 people have been diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in North Yorkshire, with a further estimated 39,330 undiagnosed with the problem.

Of these patients, 175 with advanced CKD require life-saving dialysis treatment.

The Share the Care appeal hopes to raise enough money to refurbish an area at Harrogate District Hospital to establish a shared care unit enabling patients to manage their own care together with the support of medical staff if needed.

“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,” said Dr Laboi. “50 per cent of these patients don’t have the right circumstances at home to enjoy the benefits of home dialysis.”

The appeal will be launched in the Elmwood Unit at 6.30pm on Monday. There will be refreshments, a short tour and appeal literature.

To find out more contact Lucy Watson on 01904 721737, email lucy.watson@york.nhs.uk or visit www.york.nhs.uk/fundraising.