New kidney dialysis centre to help patients in Merton


St Helier hospital opens a new haemodialysis centre

By Abbi Parris

KIDNEY patients in Merton could benefit from a new dialysis centre in Sutton which opened on Tuesday, December 8.

The centre in Grove Road offers patients from St Helier hospital haemodialysis and operates in addition to the renal department there.

Each of the individual 24 dialysis stations have fully adjustable electronic chairs and a flat screen television with a freeview box so patients can receive treatment in comfort.

Joint lead renal nurse Susie Malinder said: “The new unit is bright, spacious and really modern. Not only will it make the lives of kidney patients a little bit easier, but it looks good too.”

It is split over two levels and the ground floor includes eight single rooms with en-suite facilities for patients who have infections.

Ms Malinder hopes the centre will lessen the burden for patients who need a lengthy dialysis session three times a week as it will reduce travel time for them.

 She added: “The new satellite unit is really great news for our kidney patients.”

Several patients looked round the centre last month at open days and were pleased with it, leaving positive feedback.

It has its own entrance, ten car-parking spaces and a patient drop-off point with buses from Wimbledon, Mitcham, Morden and Colliers Wood going directly to the centre.

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