Dialysis unit shut for four-week makeover

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A UNIT which provides dialysis treatment to patients with kidney failure living in the area is currently undergoing a £50,000 makeover.

The Totton Dialysis Unit, run by Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust’s Wessex Renal and Transplant Service, closed its doors for four weeks at the weekend to enable refurbishment works to begin.

The unit, which offers dialysis treatment to 45 patients living in the area, is due to reopen at the beginning of April.

New equipment is also going to be installed.

Sheila Humphrey, head of nursing for renal and transplantation, said: ‘We are refurbishing the unit to improve the overall working environment and the patient environment to ultimately improve patient experience.

‘We have involved our patients and the local Totton charity in all the discussions around what we’re doing.

‘Some of the work being carried out is absolutely essential, and then we have asked the patients about other things to include which will make the unit better for them.’

The £50,000 refurbishment, which is being paid for by the trust, will see essential repairs undertaken and structural work carried out, as well as decoration.

‘At the end of the improvement works we hope the unit will have a great feel-good factor, being brighter and modern, which will ultimately improve the experience for our patients,’ said Ms Humphrey.