New expanded renal unit opens its doors

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The new renal dialysis unit in the Borders General Hospital opened its doors to patients on Sunday, June 26.

Over the past year, Borders Dialysis Unit has been in a temporary location in Ward 14 within the hospital to allow for the new purpose-built dialysis unit to be constructed on the site of the former unit.

The unit has doubled in size, from six to 12 dialysis machines. The new dialysis machines have increased local dialysis capacity from 36 patients to 54 patients. The expansion in renal services has been to address future demand and improve local access to renal dialysis.

As part of a repatriation programme, 18 Borders patients who previously had received their treatment in hospitals across NHS Lothian are now dialysing within BGH.

A significant fundraising effort has also contributed to the unit, with funds being spent on enhancements to the specification of the new unit. These include televisions, additional equipment, Wi-Fi provision and a much higher building specification.