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Official Opening of the new Acute Dialysis Unit in University Hospital Galway

A new Acute Dialysis Unit with three haemodialysis stations has been officially opened at University Hospital Galway. The unit which has been operational since last November is a clinical necessity for acutely unwell patients of UHG who are now able to have their dialysis on site and will no longer need to be transported to the Dialysis Unit in Merlin Park for treatment as had been the case previously.
Dr Donal Reddan, Consultant Nephrologist and Clinical Director for Medicine said, “The new Acute Unit means that dialysis treatment is more convenient and comfortable for hospitalised patients. These patients can attend the unit for dialysis treatment and then return to their wards of origin once treatment is finished”.
Patients who receive treatment in the new unit will be under the care of Consultant Nephrologists Dr Donal Reddan, Dr David Lappin, Dr Louise Giblin and Professor Matt Griffin together with nursing staff from Unit 7.
Speaking at the official opening, Mr Coleman Walsh who first attended the Dialysis Unit in Merlin Park in 1972 said, “We renal and haemodialysis patients are very thankful for all the care and attention that we receive on a daily basis from the staff of the haemodialysis units and from the nephrology teams. We are also appreciative of the investment made in the provision of services for patients who are on dialysis. I now declare this unit officially open!”
Photo Details:
At the official opening of the new Acute Dialysis Unit in University Hospital Galway from left: Dr Louise Giblin, Consultant Nephrologist; Ann Cosgrove, General Manager, Galway University Hospitals; Miriam Finnerty, Clinical Nurse Manager; Coleman Walsh, patient; Teresa Burke, Asst Director of Nursing; and Dr David Lappin, Consultant Nephrologist.