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New North Devon Renal Unit details revealed


A new unit for life-saving kidney dialysis will open in Barnstaple this year, and will be bigger and better for its North Devon patients.


The move to purpose-built facilities will mean patients will no longer have to use facilities in South Molton, which don’t meet the needs of a growing service.


The number of stations for patients having dialysis will increase from nine to 20 and it will have a vital central water plant, something the unit at South Molton lacks. This will mean that North Devon dialysis patients will have a much more modern and spacious environment to receive their treatment.


The unit will be equipped and managed by Fresenius Medical Care, which has recently been awarded a contracted to provide the service by the RD&E.


Kidney patients have already been consulted extensively about the new unit; many will have a shorter journey to their dialysis and benefit from state of the art technology. The unit currently provides dialysis for about 50.


Renal Clinical Lead Dr Richard D’Souza said: “Our new unit in Barnstaple will be nearer to where the majority of our current patients live, more comfortable and we also hope to provide more holidaymakers with dialysis when they visit this part of the world.

“We’re pleased that Fresenius emerged as the best partner for us; they are already successfully providing dialysis in dozens of other units across the country.”


RD&E staff based at the current unit will continue to care for patients at the new unit in Barnstaple.
The new unit is in Roundswell, Barnstaple and will meet tougher new standards of environment and water cleanliness which would have been infeasible to achieve at South Molton.

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