King’s new dialysis unit opens in Thamesmead

12 October 2018 - A hundred patients will benefit as kidney care is provided closer to home

Teresa Pearce MP officially opens the new renal dialysis unit in Thamesmead

Today (Friday 12 October), a new dialysis unit was officially opened in Thamesmead by Teresa Pearce, Member of Parliament for Erith and Thamesmead.

The new unit, which has been operational since the summer, is part of King’s College Hospital’s kidney service and will benefit many patients in the boroughs of Greenwich and Bexley, who will no longer have to travel to the hospital in Camberwell for dialysis treatment.

The unit is open six days a week and will see up to 60 patients per day. Patients will be able to see a range of specialists including doctors, nurses and dietitians. Additionally, the site will have free on-site parking and free Wi-Fi for patients to use while they receive treatment. For patients who do not drive, the unit is served by the 472 bus, which stops directly outside and provides a link to Greenwich, Charlton, Woolwich and Plumstead.

Dr Robert Elias, Consultant Nephrologist and Clinical Director for Renal Services at King’s College Hospital said, “Many of our patients need dialysis three times a week so they have been at the very heart of developing our new renal unit in Thamesmead.

“Patients told us they wanted dialysis closer to home in a modern, spacious and comfortable environment. We’ve listened to those comments and the result is this new renal unit, which has state-of-the-art facilities and is receiving excellent patient feedback. Around a hundred patients living in Greenwich and Bexley will benefit from care closer to home.”

Teresa Pearce MP added, “I would like to thank the Renal Services at King’s College Hospital for listening to my constituents when they voiced concern of having their treatments so far from home. I am so glad that patients will no longer have to cope with long stressful journeys when accessing this life sustaining treatment”.

Renal patient, Norma Douglas, 58, from Deptford was consulted on the look and feel of the new unit. She said, “I’m proud to say this project has now come to fruition. This is a brilliant unit, the nurses are great and it’s like a home from home. I helped choose the colours of the chairs; I chose bright colours so it wouldn’t look too clinical.”

The new renal unit is provided by King’s College Hospital in partnership with Diaverum – one of the world’s leading renal care service providers.

Michael Hartnett, Managing Director of Diaverum UK added, “Diaverum are delighted to work with our colleagues at King’s to bring a local dialysis service to Thamesmead. Dialysis patients living in the local area have faced long journeys each week, and our new Thamesmead service is making a big difference for local dialysis patients and will do so for years to come.”


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Notes to editors

1. King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK’s largest and busiest teaching hospitals, training over 900 dentists, 750 doctors and 300 nurses every year. The Trust is recognized internationally for its work in liver disease and transplantation, neurosciences, cardiac, haemato-oncology, stroke and major trauma. On 1 October 2013, King’s took over the running of the Princess Royal University Hospital in Bromley and Orpington Hospital, as well as some services at Beckenham Beacon and Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup. The new enlarged organisation has over 10,500 staff and provides over 1 million patient contacts a year. 9,000 babies are delivered by our hospitals each year, and over 750 patients come to our Emergency Departments every day. For more information, please visit the website. You can also support the work of King’s College Hospital at www.togetherwecan.org.uk

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King’s Health Partners is one of only six Department of Health-designated AHSCs in England and brings together an unrivalled range and depth of clinical and research expertise, spanning both physical and mental health. Our combined strengths will drive improvements in care for patients, allowing them to benefit from breakthroughs in medical science and receive leading edge treatment at the earliest possible opportunity.

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  • 31,000 staff;
  • 25,000 students;
  • a combined annual turnover of £2.8bn.

... to advance health and wellbeing by integrating world-class research, care and teaching.

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