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Campaign for Renal

Campaign for Renal
Quick Facts

Once a person is diagnosed with renal failure, they are a patient for life. 

This means they need to have regular haemodialysis – where a dialysis machine and a special filter are used to clean your blood every week because your kidneys can’t do it anymore. This process takes around 4 hours, 3 times a week. Every week.

850 million people worldwide are now estimated to have kidney diseases from various causes. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) causes at least 2.4 million deaths per year and is the 6th fastest growing cause of death. 

In the UK, 64,000 are being treated for kidney failure – and without dialysis or a transplant, it is fatal. Here at St George’s Hospital, each year around 1,300 people are treated in our renal wards and the team carries out around 160 kidney transplants.

Our vision

Our dream is to create a dedicated space within St George’s Hospital to offer a state of the art renal facility, serving a population of 2.6 million from across South West London and Surrey. 

Our current renal facilities are unsuitable to continue operation and meet the demands of our diverse patient group. Many patients are treated in portable trailers stationed in a car park, because we simply don’t have enough suitable space. We want to move all these patients into a specifically designed ward – so our expert staff can continue to provide outstanding care, in a much more suitable environment.

The plans are for the new facility to be housed in our Courtyard Clinic, at St George’s Hospital in Tooting. This new space will dramatically improve the experience for patients and staff, enable clinical teams to collaborate fully on care and research, and provide an educational space for patients, staff and students. The new clinic will also futureproof the hospital’s ability to meet the growing needs of renal patients in our community.

The Challenge

The renal service at St George’s Hospital is one of only 7 in London and offers inpatient, outpatient and home therapy services for all patients – from those with pre kidney failure all the way to kidney transplants.

In 2016, the renal service at the hospital was forced out of its home in the Knightsbridge Wing as the old building was no longer fit for purpose.  This meant there was no option but to urgently relocate the services across the hospital – and the on-site dialysis was moved into a mobile unit – effectively 4 trailers hired and parked in a car park.  This reduced the service capacity from 36 patients per day to just 18, with many people now routinely having to attend the hospital throughout the night.

The mobile units are not only an ongoing cost to the Hospital, but the cramped conditions, poor access and extended times of work have a significant negative impact on the patient experience and welfare.  They also put additional pressure on the hospital staff who to collect supplies from an external storage container and regularly have to work through the night.

Our plans

The Trust has ambitious aims for a complete refurbishment and renovation of the Courtyard Clinic to create a state of the art renal facility offering the full range of services fit for the 21st century and into the future.

The new Clinic will provide:

A calm and conducive environment for short stay renal patients, that’s modern and fit for purpose
15 modern dialysis stations – an increase of 9 compared to the current availability – which will allow staff to treat more patients. These stations have been designed to include both beds and chairs for treatment, plus isolation rooms for at-risk patients
A new meeting and seminar room space, equipped with audio-visual technology to facilitate the delivery of interactive teaching of patients, staff, and students
New staff room facilities that will enable staff to take appropriate rest breaks in a calm and comfortable environment
Relocation of essential staff changing and shower facilities so that the entire team have access and more clinical space is freed up in key areas
Reinstatement of the Courtyard Clinic car park by removing the mobile trailers which will allow patients and staff to safely and easily access their vehicles, especially at night

What some of our patients have to say


“Moving to the Courtyard Clinic would make a big difference. It would be a settled place to go to, this is a truck. I’m here so much, this is like a second home, it would be nice if it felt a bit more homely. I’d like to do a college course; make use of the time. If I’m going to sit here I might as well do something constructive. When I’m able to work again I don’t want to be totally out of the game.” Michael, 32, renal patient

“The trailer feels cold in its surroundings, it doesn’t feel like we’re part of the hospital. It feels like we have just been left here. While I’m on dialysis I would love to be able learn creative writing or drawing and experience a more warm and calming environment.” Lauren, 25, renal patient

“We do all we can to provide a safe treatment in a substandard unit, but it’s just not fit for purpose. The environment needs to look clean and feel organised. Currently it feels informal and dark and cluttered. There is no entertainment for patients; areas are used to store multiple pieces of equipment; the service feels fragmented. Moving to the Courtyard Clinic would provide more access to treat more patients. We need a new place that is fit for purpose to deliver safe outstanding care.” Lalaine, Senior Sister, St George's Dialysis Unit      

 

How you can help

The total cost of this redevelopment is £2.6million, of which we need to raise £1million before March 2020. 

There are many ways to help us achieve our goal.

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Get in touch

Email us: giving@stgeorges.nhs.uk
Call us on: 020 8725 4522
Drop in and meet us: Fundraising Office | St George’s Hospital | Grosvenor Wing | Blackshaw Road | SW17 0QT

Working in partnership with the St George’s Kidney Patients Association (registered charity 1021655) and St Georges NHS Foundation Trust.

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