Hospital trust pilots video link for dialysis patients

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Dialysis patients can now receive treatment at home after health bosses introduced new home video technology as part of a pilot project.

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has launched the project which will means a video link can be set up in patients’ homes along with a dialysis machine so that the patient can undergo dialysis in the comfort of their own home while still receiving one-to-one care from a specialist.

Action: The video link technology and (below) Tracey Berry

Action: The video link technology and (below) Tracey Berry

Dialysis patients usually have to travel to hospital up to three times a week and the appointments can last up to four hours each time.

The new video link means patients don’t have to leave their home; patients can dial up a specialist nurse or doctor via the video link anytime they need to.

The Trust is a renal regional centre which means patients travel from Lancashire and South Cumbria.

The type of treatment will not be appropriate for every patient and patients have the option to dialyse at home or they can continue to come to hospital if they prefer.

Tracey Berry, Home Dialysis Sister at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Tracey Berry, Home Dialysis Sister at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Tracey Berry, home dialysis sister at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “The video link allows the patient to have much more control and a better quality of life; they can fit their dialysis around their own routine and can manage their own treatment in comfort and privacy. Those patients who are using this new service receive detailed training for three months before they can dialyse at home.”

The service is currently being piloted for 12 months.

Patient John Slater said: “I like to be independent and this means I’m not stuck to a fixed time, it gives me freedom and the video link is just like being in the room with the nurse, it’s great.”