The Wessex Kidney Centre set about establishing a new Home Haemodialysis (HHD) programme in 2009 in response to the NICE recommendations and patient advocacy. Prior to this there had been no HHD programme since 1999. The unit has now established a large and rapidly growing HHD programme including a number of patients on nocturnal therapy. Due to the success of our programme the HHD team are regularly invited to other units and conferences to share our experience.
The programme is run by Dr Natalie Borman (the Consultant lead), Dr Nick Sangala, Sister Nikki Pacy and 3 additional nurses.
The team has a training facility based at Havant Satellite unit and have exceeded the NICE recommendations that 10% of all HD patients should be dialysing at home. The team are also active in the Low Clearance clinic to ensure that HHD is considered as an option for all.
The team works hard to promote HHD and have participated in a number of media events including television, radio and newspaper articles to raise awareness of HHD for dialysis patients and the general public. A number of awareness days for staff and patients have also taken place, with a plan to continue providing these across the region.
The team provides monthly reviews for all patients in their home in addition to specialist clinics and the team are contactable 6 days a week for patient quires.
Research is a key part of our programme with several studies planned for the near future.
WKC has the largest NxStage HHD programme in the world, with Dr Borman and Sister Pacy leading the education and advisory groups in Europe.
We are committed to providing a programme which adapts to the needs of our patients and have successfully overcome many perceived barriers to make the programme that success that it is today.