East Lancashire’s second new centre for kidney disease opens to patients

The new dialysis hub is part of a programme of improvements in East Lancashire overseen by the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

East Lancashire’s second new centre for patients with kidney disease has opened for patients.

The purpose-built Blackburn Renal Centre on on the Royal Blackburn Hospital site has 24 dialysis stations, outpatient consulting and treatment rooms and 18 parking spaces. Its opening follows the launch of a similar hub in the Briercliffe shopping parade in Burnley with 24 stations in November.

The new Blackburn centre has been named in honour of Dr Laurie Solomon, for many years the main renal consultant for East Lancashire who recently celebrated 50 years with the NHS.

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The new dialysis hub is part of a programme of improvements in East Lancashire overseen by the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which is responsible for renal treatment across Lancashire and South Cumbria and awarded a seven-year contract to Diaverum Facilities Management to deliver the service.

Dr Solomon, now renal consultant at Royal Preston Hospital, said: “I am flattered to have it named after me. It was unexpected, but very pleasing.

“It is a magnificent centre, state-of-the-art. One important benefit is that it is not just a dialysis centre. There is an outpatient facility that can be used for all aspects of kidney disease and transplantation. The outlook for patients with chronic kidney disease has improved enormously.”

Haemodialysis is a treatment to remove waste products and extra fluid from the blood, and is given to patients whose kidneys have stopped working properly. Former Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen Salim Mulla, who with his wife Sayeeda raised £90,000 for two new kidney dialysis machines during his time in office and was instrumental in securing the land for the new centre attended the official opening.

He said: “I am absolutely delighted. I campaigned long and hard for this new centre. It will make a huge difference to hundreds of patients who will no longer have to travel to Burnley, Accrington or Preston for treatment.”

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals chief executive Kevin McGee said: “Laurie’s 50 years of NHS service is a remarkable commitment. He has been instrumental in improving care for people with kidney disease in East Lancashire, initially as a single consultant by himself. We thought a fitting tribute would be naming this absolutely magnificent centre after him.”

Salim Karolia, who has been on dialysis for almost 35 years and lives just a few minutes from the new centre, said: “We have been waiting a long time for this centre. We’re very happy.”

Diaverum UK Managing Director Lisa Jordan said: “This is the first dialysis centre that we have built from the ground up, and that is quite an achievement.

  • 05:05, 9 SEP 2022

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