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Caithness Kidney Dialysis Support Group
This Group has been set up to voice concerns from patients suffering from kidney disease in Caithness. Caithness is in the far north of Scotland and the nearest specialist renal unit is at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness (approximately 110 miles South). At the moment there are patients travelling from Wick to Inverness three times a week to receive haemodialysis. There are also many patients in Caithness carrying out home dialysis.
On 14.08.01 a statement was issued from Highland Acute Hospitals NHS Trust informing the public that renal services in the Highlands were under constant review and following recent increases in the number of patients requiring dialysis, significant additional resources have been released from Highland Health Board to respond to this. One of the options may be to provide renal dialysis in Highland hospitals other than Raigmore Hospital with Caithness General Hospital, Wick and Belford Hospital, Fort William, being given equal consideration for this. The introduction of such a service would require careful planning as there are many issues to consider such as availability of suitability trained staff and appropriate facilities in the peripheral areas. When a review of the options is complete it would be submitted for consideration by NHS Highland.
28 April 2002
25 April 2002
An Open Meeting was held on 21.2.02 in the Main Hall, Wick Youth Club at 7.30 pm.
The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting and gave a detailed account of the campaign so far and explained that the decision regarding a satellite renal unit in Wick should be reached at the Highland Health Board meeting on 2nd April 2002.
Following the decision at the Highland Health Board meeting it was hoped that a favourable announcement would be made at an open meeting in Caithness by Mr Richard Carey, Chief Executive, Highland Acute Hospitals Trust. The Chairman voiced that attendance at this meeting would be welcomed to show how much public support there is for a satellite renal unit. Please see the local press for details regarding this meeting.
The Chairman gave an account of the money raised so far. A total of over £8000 has been raised from over 20 donators. The Chairman thanked Mr Alan Paul, who before the meeting started tonight, donated £500.00 from the Claymore Rig, which he works on.
The Chairman informed the
meeting about the sponsored walk planned for 28th April 2002 and
advised that sponsor forms were available from Mrs Mhari Plowman.
The Chairman also invited everyone to the Wick Youth Club between 2 - 4 pm on the day of the walk to support the walkers.
11 April 06
18 October 04
Recruitment of two Nurses one E grade and one D grade to be made immediately with a view to commencing training on the 1st of January 2005.
Training will initially take place in the Wick unit with further specialist training in Inverness Renal unit.
On completion of the training it is expected that the unit, which currently opens Monday Wednesday and Friday every week will open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
The announcement of the expansion of services is welcomed as it was expected the unit would not extend its services until nearer the end of 2005.
Unfortunately there are currently two patients travelling to Inverness 3 times a week for their treatment due to the lack of available places in at the Wick Unit.
There are other patients in Caithness on “Home Dialysis” that would make use of the Wick unit whenever it is possible..
26 March 2003
12.09.02 Update so far ………
The Chairman, Mr Robbie Doull has kept the Committee up-to-date with the progression of the Renal Unit Working Party. Please see the main developments below:
Staff appointments have been made and they are currently undergoing training at the Renal Unit at Raigmore Hospital.
Planning permission for the satellite Renal Unit has been granted.
G M R Henderson, Building Contractors were appointed and work has started.
The opening date for the unit was still on target for January 2003.
Over the last few months the Group have mulled over various ideas as how to spend the money received. The Group have donated the grand sum of £15, 000 to the new Renal Unit and it was hoped that the money could go towards the purchase of a dialysis machine along with a champion dialysis chair. The Chairman was to enquire as to whether any home dialysis patients in the North required assistance to purchase equipment for the home. Proposals for consideration of home equipment should be made to any of the Committee members.
The Annual General Meeting is proposed for October 2002 a year following our first meeting. Please see local press for details.
A Committee meeting was held on 28.1.02. The Chairman gave a detailed account of all donations received. Fund raising ideas were discussed. A sponsored walk will be held on Sunday 28th April 2002.
Mrs Sheena Craig, Directorate General Manager, Caithness General Hospital was invited to the meeting to give an update on the situation so far regarding a satellite renal unit in Wick. Please see below the information she gave:
What has been done so far
ü January - Outline Business Case sent to the NHS Highland Board for comment and feedback
ü 23rd January - Acute Trust Executive Group met to prioritise all the business cases received to date. Renal services recognised as a service pressure that is affecting the trust now and accorded a very high priority.
ü 12th February - Prioritised business cases from both acute and primary care to go to the NHS Highland Improving Health Services Committee. Part of the Improving Health Services Committee’s responsibility is “to identify those areas of the Health Service in Highland that are a priority for improvement, development and modernisation, prioritise these and recommend to the Board for inclusion in the Health Plan”
ü 2nd April - NHS Highland Board meets. One of the specific responsibilities of the Board is“to develop and agree the Highland Health Plan”
ü April - Public meeting in Caithness to inform the public what is proposed and likely timescales (date to be finalised)
In The Meantime
ü A site has been identified within CGH for a dialysis unit (preliminary plans and costs completed)
ü Staff have been invited to express an interest in undertaking specialist training to work in the dialysis unit (several staff have expressed an interest)
ü Ongoing discussion with the Sister in the Renal unit at Raigmore in relation to the training programme and potential start dates (6 month training programme required with staggered start times - most likely to be about June / July)
An Open meeting is going to be held on Thursday 21st February 2002 in the Main Hall, Wick Youth Club at 7:30pm. The Committee would be grateful for any support that can be given. The meeting is to keep the public up-to-date with the campaign so far.
Volunteers as walkers and sponsors would be very much appreciated for the sponsored walk, which will be held on Sunday 28th April 2002. Details of distance and route to follow will be given at this meeting, but it will be around the Wick area.
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