Happy birthday! Cambridge Dialysis Centre ‘delighted with results so far’ after one year

Charmaine Lee, Lauren Burrows, the Mayor of Cambridge, Councillor Jeremy Benstead, Nova Quian, Clair

Charmaine Lee, Lauren Burrows, the Mayor of Cambridge, Councillor Jeremy Benstead, Nova Quian, Claire Joyce, Lorraine Juggins (front); Gill Chumbley (back); and Dr Nicholas Pritchard. - Credit: Archant

The Cambridge Dialysis Centre has celebrated its first birthday.

The centre, on the Beadle Industrial Estate, opened on December 15 last year, and has gone on to help 140 patients a week.

It also delivered 22,000 sessions in its first year – an occasion that all its staff, including clinical director of renal medicine, Dr Nicholas Pritchard, is celebrating.

“We’re celebrating our first birthday with everyone involved in dialysis, from our patients and their families to all the team, who have achieved some outstanding results in the first year,” he said.

“We have 140 patients at the centre doing three sessions a week of dialysis each, which totals 420 sessions a week and around 21,840 sessions a year.

“We are changing the face of dialysis and providing a better service for our patients with this new unit and home dialysis. We have also been working closely with the Fitzwilliam and University of Cambridge Museums to provide unique opportunities for our dialysis patients to enjoy and explore the Museums’ collections – including handling special pieces during treatment times.

“The needs of patients and staff are at the forefront of everything we do and we are delighted with our results so far.”

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The centre offers patient education sessions for patients on a monthly basis, renal clinics each week and there is a training area and facilities for home therapies staff to teach patients how to dialyse themselves at home.

The Mayor of Cambridge, Councillor Jeremy Benstead, also joined in the celebrations.

He said: “The Cambridge Dialysis Centre is a great advantage to its many users - the sheer number of people that it has helped in its first year shows what a benefit it is to have this specially equipped centre here in Cambridge.”