Information for UNIT haemodialysis patients

Haemodialysis treatment during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak: Information for patients

Due to the increasing number of cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) across the UK, we are making plans to try and reduce the spread of the virus.

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 like a fever, cough, shortness of breath or breathing difficulties please contact your usual dialysis unit. For a medical emergency dial 999.

Wherever possible we will try and keep your regular dialysis treatment on the same day and at the same time, but we may have to change it. You may be asked to do two dialysis sessions a week rather than three if we think this is safe. Our dialysis nurses and renal doctors will let you know if there are any changes to your dialysis treatment. 

Dialysis patients are at a high risk of having serious illness from COVID-19 and are in the Government’s ‘extremely vulnerable group’. You should follow the Government’s self-isolation and shielding advice. You should still come to dialysis.

As you know, Government advice can change day-to-day, so the information in this letter and our advice to you may also change. We will keep you informed of any changes.

Checking your symptoms:

When you arrive in the dialysis unit we will take your temperature and ask if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, like a cough, shortness of breath or breathing difficulties. To protect you, other patients and the staff looking after you, we will ask you to wear a mask in the waiting area before your dialysis treatment and during your dialysis treatment.

If you have symptoms we may ask you to have dialysis in a cubicle (side room) on the dialysis unit. By doing this we can give you appropriate care and help stop the spread of infection.

Getting to and from dialysis:

If you need ambulance transport to and from dialysis, this will continue. We may ask you to wear a face mask on the journey to and from dialysis to stop the spread of infection between patients.

If you can drive, or if someone living in the same household as you can bring you to and from dialysis safely, please do this. This will help to stop the spread of infection between patients. You will be eligible for appropriate reimbursement for this travel. We will give you more information soon. We also think that more parking spaces will be available in the hospitals than usual. Your dialysis unit will be able to discuss transport to and from dialysis with you.

Medication:

If you have regular medication to take home from the dialysis unit, please order your medication from the Renal Medicines Service in the usual way.

Holiday dialysis:

To reduce the spread of infection we have cancelled all holiday dialysis and will not be accepting holiday dialysis patients in our units. This is a national policy.

More information:

Contact information: Dialysis units:

  • Morriston Hospital Liz Baker Dialysis Unit Telephone: 01792 703396
  • Morriston Hospital West Dialysis Unit Telephone: 01792 704090
  • Morriston Hospital Self Care Dialysis Unit Telephone: 01792 545719
  • Bronglais Dialysis Unit Telephone: 01970 639980
  • Carmarthen Dialysis Unit Telephone: 01267 228060
  • Withybush Dialysis Unit Telephone: 01437 774220

Contact information: Renal Medicines Service

Telephone: 01792 531293

SMS Text message: 07860017368

Email: abm.renalmedicinesService@wales.nhs.uk

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