DIALYSIS UNIT FOR BUTE
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DIALYSIS UNIT FOR BUTE
Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) in partnership with the Bute Kidney Patients Support Group and the DR J N Marshall (Island of Bute) Memorial Trust are delighted to announce that there has been agreement to build a Dialysis Unit in the Victoria Hospital in Rothesay on the Isle of Bute.
The first meeting of the Island of Bute Hospital Dialysis Project Implementation Group was held on the 16th October 2018 where they were presented with plans from the HSCP’s Project Architect and had a full discussion about formalising the project. There is also considerable work required within the hospital to adapt the existing facilities to create the Dialysis Unit while ensuring that all the current facilities within the hospital are maintained.
There will also need to be a specialist nurse recruited and training delivered to the existing nurses and work has begun to plan for this. The HSCP will also be working very closely with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to replicate the Hub and Spoke outreach model of Dialysis that is currently delivered in Campbeltown Hospital which has proven to be very successful.
At this time, the Implementation Group are not in a position to give out indicative timescales as to when the Unit will be ready but the local community will be kept up to date with each stage of the project.
Argyll and Bute HSCP want to thank the Bute Kidney Patients Support Group who launched the campaign for a Bute Dialysis Unit and the Dr J N Marshall (Island of Bute) Memorial Trust, which was established in the 1980s by the late Dorothy Marshall, a prominent Bute resident in memory of her father who had been GP on the island for many years, for donating/underwriting all of the capital costs and other associated costs for the project without which the creation of the Unit would not be feasible. The HSCP also recognises the huge contribution the local community have made to support and fundraise for this development on the Island.
Shirley McFarlane, Secretary for the Bute Kidney Patients Support Group, said:
“It has been a long hard road to get to this stage but the Implementation Group is absolutely delighted to be able to deliver this news today. It will make a massive difference to the current renal patients as well as to the renal patients of the future. A local unit will give patients a much better quality of life and hopefully in the future might also be able to offer holiday dialysis to those coming to the island on a break.”
Robin Creelman, Chair of Argyll and Bute Integration Joint Board (the governance Board of the HSCP), said:
“This is an extremely exciting time for the hospital and the Community on Bute. We are acutely aware of the difficulty renal patients have accessing Dialysis in Inverclyde, particularly in inclement weather, and it is just wonderful how the local community have supported this cause. There is a great deal of work to do but Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership are committed to delivering a safe and sustainable Dialysis service and look forward to welcoming the patients back to Rothesay for their Dialysis treatments in the future.”
Donald Reid, one of the Trustees in the Dr J N Marshall (Island of Bute) Memorial Trust, said:
“Our trust was founded to support the local community in Bute and we are pleased and honoured to be able to provide funds which help to move this project from an aspiration to a reality. We admire the sustained courage and good humour of the patients on Bute who currently travel three times a week to Greenock for dialysis. The prospect of gaining for them such a facility on the island itself is a huge incentive. We salute the commitment of the Support Group over its years of hard work in fund raising and are very impressed by the enthusiastic espousal of the project by the HSCP and the strongly motivated high calibre personnel it has tasked with bringing to our little island such a valuable asset.”
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