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 coronavirus 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 in your local dialysis unit, on the same day and at the same time. But if you or other dialysis patients become unwell with coronavirus we may need to change when and where you have your dialysis treatment. Our dialysis nurses and renal doctors will let you know if there are any changes to your dialysis treatment. 

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 coronavirus, like a cough, shortness of breath or breathing difficulties. 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, but we may take extra precautions to stop the spread of infection between patients.

If you can drive, or if a relative or friend 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.

Helpful information:

It is important for you to follow the advice from Public Health Wales to reduce the risk of catching and spreading coronavirus.

 

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often. Do this for at least 20 seconds
  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus
  • Avoid social activities, such as going to pubs, restaurants, theatres and cinemas
  • Avoid events with large groups of people
  • Work from home if you possibly can

 

More information:

 

PatientView will allow you to see your blood results, your medication and any recent changes to the medication that we supply to you

  • Store our contact details and share them with friends and relatives

 

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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