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Information for HOME haemodialysis patients

Home haemodialysis clinics during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak: Information for patients

Page updated: 31/12/20

Due to the increasing number of cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) across the UK, we are trying to reduce the number of people coming into the hospital to avoid catching or spreading the virus.  This includes appointments for monthly blood tests and intravenous iron. We will continue to care for you throughout the outbreak, but we will be doing things differently.

The changes we are making:

Your monthly review will continue, but we may ask you not to attend in person.

We will decide each month if:

  1. A blood test is required or not
  2. Intravenous iron is needed or not

We will contact you if a blood test or intravenous iron is needed

We will try to reduce how often you need a blood test.        

Attending appointments in-person will stop unless essential. The number of people in dialysis clinic will be kept to a minimum. Telephone reviews will be our preferred way of caring for you.

We will no longer be running dialysis clinics for monthly blood tests and intravenous iron from the Self-Care Unit. Instead we will be using Room Four in West Renal Unit

If you need a blood test and can do this yourself:

If you are able to take your own blood test at home you should do so. We will provide you with a blood test request form and sample bottles. 

You, or a friend or relative can drop off the blood test at :

  • The WEST RENAL UNIT Morriston Hospital.  

You should not come in to the Renal Unit. Instead, you should ring 01792 545719 and a member of the nursing staff will come outside.  We will collect samples from the boot of your car.          Or

  • At your local hospital’s pathology department           Or
  • At your GP surgery (please check with the GP regarding the time that samples are collected from the surgery so that they can processed the same day as sampling)  

 

If you need a blood test but cannot do this yourself:

If you need to attend for a blood test this will be by appointment.  This will be done in Room Four of the West Renal Unit, Morriston Hospital  

If you need intravenous iron:

If we feel you do require intravenous iron we will contact you and make an appointment for you to attend Room Four of the West Renal Unit, Morriston Hospital

 

How will I collect my dialysis supplies and drugs?

You, a friend or relative can collect your dialysis supplies and drugs from West Renal unit at Morriston Hospital renal unit. .  

Please contact the Renal Medicines Service on 01792 531297 to arrange the supply of drugs in advance. Please do not turn up without arranging this first.  

If instructed to collect medicines from the Renal Pharmacy you should not come in to the Liz Baker renal unit. You should ring 01792 531297 and a member of the pharmacy team will come outside with your medication.

 

Where should I go if I have a clinic appointment with my renal Doctor?

Clinic appointments with a renal Doctor are held at the Liz Baker renal unit. You should arrive 10 minutes before your appointment time. This time is scheduled for your safety. Please do not enter the unit more than 10 minutes before your appointment time.

 

Helpful information:

Renal Medicines Service: Telephone for general medication enquiries: 01792 531293, Telephone for COVID-19 medication enquiries and on arrival in Morriston Hospital to collect dialysis supplies and drugs: 01792 531297, Text: 07860017368, email: abm.renalmedicinesService@wales.nhs.uk

Home dialysis nurse specialists: Telephone 01792 545719.

 

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