Haemodialysis is a very invasive and complex procedure and is a long term chronic therapy for a lot of patients.Patients across Lancashire and South Cumbria are provided the option of home renal dialysis. Patients who qualify are given comprehensive training from the Renal Unit staff. The home of the patient should have space to accommodate the machine and supplies (e.g. disposable lines, fluids, drugs) and a telephone line. Dialysing at home allows the patient to choose how they want to schedule their sessions. Patients are shown a video link which provides access to the nursing staff and associated renal teams when needed.
The Lancashire Teaching Hospitals (LTH) Renal Unit is the lead for this service. The renal home dialysis project is currently in it's proof of concept stage (POC) and the service is offered free to patients.
Renal – we are in a proof of concept stage (POC) with this project and have currently had 6 patients installed with the telemedicine (concurrently 3). It is free to patients. It is all run by Lancashire teaching hospitals Renal unit, working with Imerja and Virgin media to install additional telephone lines and associated equipment.
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Lancashire Teaching Hospitals (LTH) work together with Imerja and Virgin media to install additional telephone lines and associated equipment. Part of the home installation includes business broadband, VC Units and iPADs. It is a complex and time consuming process but the patients and staff really like it and find it very helpful. The renal dept at LTH provides all renal services to the whole of Lancashire and South Cumbria so this type of service is proving useful considering our territory and logistics. Patients are trained for home haemodialysis at LTH before they go home. The video link then provides them with access to the nursing staff and associated renal teams where needed so as to help advise and reassure. Two home wards are located at two hospitals with high definition (HD) video units at the hospital centres for training and multi-disciplinary team (MDT) purposes with patient equipment to train up potential home dialysis patients.
- Start Date: 2013
- No. of people (patients/clients) involved:
6 patients have had the installation of the renal home dialysis unit.
- Location: Lancashire and South Cumbria