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Wednesday 27 October 2021
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Patient Ray Foden in the new Oldham Dialysis Unit
Patient Ray Foden in the new Oldham Dialysis Unit

New renal unit officially opens in Oldham

Dialysis patients now receive treatment closer to home after a state-of-the-art renal unit opened in Oldham.


Grandfather-of-three Ray Foden previously had to travel from his Failsworth home to Salford Royal for haemodialysis three times a week, for four hours on each occasion.


The 77-year-old now receives treatment in a purpose built renal unit next to Boundary Park - a 15 minute journey from home.


He said: “It was quite a drag travelling to Salford and I wasn’t getting home until midnight so it was quite tiring. Now I can plan to do something with the rest of my day.


“The new unit is great, it will be a huge benefit for patients.”


Haemodialysis is a life-saving treatment for those suffering from kidney failure. The dialysis machine removes and filters waste products from a patient’s blood before the ‘clean blood’ is passed back into the body.


The Oldham Dialysis Unit, which opened on Monday, April 28, on Sheepfoot Lane, ensures treatment is more convenient for around 60 eligible patients.


Dr Aladdin Shurrab, Salford Royal’s Consultant Renal Physician, said: “This fantastic facility is providing treatment that is more convenient for our patients living in Oldham and we have already seen the positive impact this is having on those people benefiting from the new service.”

Oldham Dialysis Unit
Oldham Dialysis Unit

The unit is provided by Salford Royal but run and staffed by Fresenius Medical Care.


It has state of the art equipment offering the highest quality treatments to patients with a bright, spacious treatment area and outpatient consulting rooms.


Sue Flintham, Regional Business Manager for Fresenius Medical Care Renal Services Ltd, said: “We are delighted for patients in the Oldham area that they now have a new state of the art facility where they can access treatment much closer to home which will improve their quality of life.”


Salford Royal also provides satellite renal facilities in Bolton, Rochdale and Wigan in addition to the main renal unit at Salford Royal.


A spokesman for NHS England, who commission the service, said: “We are very pleased that this unit is open and that the population of Oldham will now be able to access haemodialysis nearer to home.”


Dr Ian Wilkinson, Chief Clinical Officer for Oldham CCG, said: “This new service will bring specialist healthcare closer to patients, which in turn will improve clinical outcomes and overall patient experience.”