Satellite dialysis unit opens in Stonehaven

Community fundraising efforts contribute to unit that allows patients to be treated closer to home

Friday 23rd August 2019

A satellite renal dialysis unit allowing patients to be treated closer to home has opened in Stonehaven after a significant community fundraising effort.

Over £1m was raised by people and businesses in and around Stonehaven over the past five years, contributing to legacy funding left to the NHS Grampian Renal Unit in 2010 allocated to establishing a satellite renal unit to serve south Aberdeenshire.

Patients from as far south as St Cyrus, over to Luthermuir and up to Fettercairn, Banchory and across to Portlethen can now access the service.

Dr Neil Edward, one of the pioneers of renal dialysis at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, formally opened the new unit.  

Through my career I saw the steady development of dialysis but despite major improvements in the procedure and the associated technology, it is still a daunting type of treatment,” explains Dr Edward.

Being able to undergo dialysis as close to home as possible is always best for the patient. I am honoured to be asked to formally open this unit and celebrate the achievements of the many community fundraisers.”

The Stonehaven Renal Unit offers dialysis for up to six patients, mornings and afternoons, three days a week.

It means patients across Kincardine and the Mearns do not have to travel into Aberdeen for the treatment, that is typically required three times a week and can last three to four hours each time.

Dr Ann Humphrey, associate specialist in the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary dialysis unit and lead fundraiser for the campaign said:

The outstanding fundraising effort saw a groundswell of goodwill from our local community, and indeed all over the Grampian region, to make this unit a reality. I do not think there is a group in the local area who has not been involved in contributing to this campaign.”