New centre for kidney dialysis patients opens in Coventry City Centre

Patients and staff have celebrated the opening of a brand new renal dialysis unit in Coventry, which is providing life-saving treatment to patients, right on their doorsteps.

People with chronic kidney disease need to have dialysis several times a week to cleanse their blood . The new unit at the Clay Lane Health Centre, which is run by University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) NHS Trust, boasts 12 dialysis stations. Since it opened to patients in May, around 47 local patients every week have been taking advantage of the state-of-the-art unit.

The new unit was developed in response to feedback from patients, as well as the growing number of people in Coventry who need dialysis. UHCW NHS Trust saw an 8% increase in patients requiring treatment during 2016/17.

The dialysis centre held an official opening event on Thursday, November 9, to celebrate the new unit and the world-class care the team are providing to their patients.

Renal patient Nilesh Jogia, who also chairs the Coventry Renal Forum, was one of the first to benefit from the new facilities said:
“The new unit is very good. Having a city centre location is convenient for patients to get to and the unit environment is very friendly.”

Professor Andy Hardy, Chief Executive Officer of UHCW NHS Trust said:

“I am delighted that patients in the Coventry now have an additional state-of-the-art facility where they can access dialysis treatment closer to home. We already have well-established dialysis centres at both University Hospital and the Hospital of St Cross, but we appreciate that these are not convenient locations for all our patients, who need dialysis several times a week.

“The new unit is already proving to be a huge boost for patients who live in the centre, north, south or west of the city, as they no longer have to travel so far.

“We are always listening to our patients and constantly improving our services, and I was delighted to officially open this brand new facility, which benefits from the latest dialysis equipment and technology.”

Eugene Prinsloo, CHP’s Development Director said: “Improving access to community based patient care is core to CHP’s ethos and we are delighted to be able to do just that for renal patients in Coventry.

“Through collaboration and partnership working with Arden Estates Partnerships, UHCW, the Clay Lane GP practices, CCG, and NHS England, we are proud to have facilitated the opening of vital health services, in a modern, purpose built facility, closer to patients homes.”

George Marsh, Chair of Arden Estate Partnerships commented: “We are delighted to have developed the space for this important and much needed service in the heart of the community.

“AEP have a long-standing relationship with the local public sector, investing over £34m to date delivering community health and care facilities locally in Coventry. By working closely with our GP tenants and a range of stakeholders we have enabled the provision of a satellite Renal Dialysis service to sit alongside GP practices in the heart of the community”.

Notes to editors
Clay Lane Health Centre is a modern health facility built in 2013 under the NHS Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT) public private partnership programme. The kidney dialysis centre which is located on the top floor of the centre opened in June 2017. Arden Estates Partnerships, the LIFT company, and Community Health Partnerships (CHP), head tenant, were tasked by Coventry & Rugby Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS England to accommodate the specialist services in the health centre. University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust secured £1.8million capital funding and CHP invested £400,000 of its own capital funds to enable the works to reconfiguration the space at Clay Lane to take place, and enable the creation of the renal dialysis unit.

About University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust (UHCW)
UHCW is one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in the UK, comprising University Hospital in Coventry and the Hospital of St Cross in Rugby.

About Community Health Partnerships:
Community Health Partnerships (CHP) is wholly owned by the Department of Health and is recognised as a centre of excellence for the NHS on primary and community health estate matters, helping health and social care systems to improve and integrate their services by delivering high quality, cost effective space for patients. CHP invests in the estate through NHS LIFT Public Private Partnerships.

As head tenant for NHS LIFT health care estate, CHP works to ensure excellence in primary and community facilities comprising 305 integrated health and well-being centres, together providing 865,000m2 of high quality, value for money accommodation for more than 1,200 tenants that deliver a wide range of patient services.

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