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

Page updated 21/12/2021

Please follow this link for the latest information on coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms on the Welsh Government website.

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 like a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste please contact your usual dialysis unit. In a medical emergency dial 999.

You should also contact the dialysis unit it you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive to COVID-19 or has experienced coronavirus symptoms. 

Currently most people are having their regular dialysis treatments on the same day and at the same time as usual.

You may be asked to do two dialysis sessions a week rather than three if we think the risk of catching and spreading the virus increases significantly in the population, and if we think reducing dialysis sessions temporarily would be safe for you. Our dialysis nurses and renal doctors will let you know if there are any changes to your dialysis treatment. 

As you know, coronavirus rates and Government advice can change quickly, so 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 continue to take your temperature and ask if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, like a cough, shortness of breath or breathing difficulties, a high temperature or a loss or change is taste or smell. 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.

Medication:

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

Helpful information:

Contact information

Haemodialysis 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

Renal pharmacy

Telephone: 01792 531293

SMS Text message: 07860017368

Email: abm.renalmedicinesService@wales.nhs.uk

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