Scarborough MP Robert Goodwill visited the Scarborough NHS dialysis unit to find out more about this life-saving treatment.
The unit, which is at Scarborough Hospital’s north entrance, allows treatment to be provided close to where NHS patients live.
It currently treats 24 NHS patients, the majority of which attend three times a week, for around four hours at a time.
Robert Goodwill said: “I was really impressed with the quality of care patients receive here at the dialysis unit.
“People shouldn’t be afraid of independent sector involvement, as this is a marvellous example of where it works, here in Scarborough.” Dr David Eadington, consultant nephrologist at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “Over the last few years since the Trust has been working with Fresenius Medical Care, I am very pleased to see that the quality of the service has continued to improve.”
Dialysis is needed when a person has end-stage renal failure, when the kidneys are unable to function on their own.
The dialysis machine performs the work of the kidneys by removing toxins and water from the patient’s blood.
There are more than three million people in the UK at risk with kidney disease and around 50,000 people in the UK currently being treated for end-stage renal failure.
Dialysis is therefore a life-saving treatment for kidney patients.