Hello and welcome to my first blog! My name is Vicki Poynton; I am the Senior Manager for Renal Services at Salford Royal. Hopefully I will be able to keep you up to date on all things renal across Bolton, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford and Wigan.
Some of you may be aware that the Oldham Dialysis Unit (below) opened on the 28 April 2014, at which time 56 patients transferred from Rochdale and Salford to receive their care closer to home and I’m sure this will have a positive impact on those patients benefiting from the new service. The opening of the Oldham Unit has also enabled us to increase the total number of dialysis stations across the west sector from 370 to 392 maintenance HD slots.
If you use patient transport to travel to your dialysis session at Wigan or Bolton, you will already be aware that for all patients who can walk or use their wheelchair on their own, or with the help of one ambulance driver, the transport service is provided by Salford Royal. I am delighted to say that this service has now been expanded to include Rochdale, Oldham and Salford, and we have already received feedback from patients to say how happy they are with the new transport arrangements.
We have also made improvements to our intravenous iron infusion service, as we have now introduced a new infusion which reduces anaemia patients’ hospital admissions from approximately 6 hours to 2. Staff have commented on how much better this has been for patients as their entire day is not taken up sitting in the hospital.
I hope it comes across how committed we are at Salford Royal to improving services for patients. Because of this commitment please can I urge any patients who receive anaemia treatment through the drug Erythropoietin (EPO) to provide us with your preferences as to how you like to be contacted, and how you like to order your repeat prescriptions, by answering the questions in a short survey.