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                                                                                   By MARK MURPHY

                                ongratulations to all involved in the   The new Centre opened and the first
                                long-awaited state-of-the-art new     outpatient haemodialysis treatments occurred on
                                Dialysis Therapies Centre in Beaumont  February 15th, 2017.
                                Hospital. The officers of the Association  The increased capacity in the 34 stationed
                                and I were delighted to be invited to the  outpatient haemodialysis unit (previously 20
                        Cofficial opening of the facility by Finian   stations) has allowed the elimination of the early
                        McGrath, TD on Thursday June 1st, 2017.       morning/late night dialysis sessions, ensuring that
                                                                      patients are now dialysed during more social
                                                                      hours between 7am to 11pm, thereby improving
                                                                      their and their family’s quality of life and
                                                                        The Centre includes a new Home Therapies
                                                                      department which facilitates both peritoneal
                                                                      dialysis (PD) and home haemodialysis (HHD), and is
                                                                      the largest provider of both therapies nationwide.
                                                                      The additional capacity in this unit will facilitate
                                                                      patient training and the unique opportunity for
                                                                      patients to dialyse independently at home with
                                                                      minimal hospital contact.
                                                                        The new facility offers a quality and
                                                                      comfortable personal space for patients not only
                                                                      meeting their medical needs but increased patient
                                                                      comforts include their own individual television
                                                                      with integrated controls that includes the smart
                                                                      TV, reading light and nurse call system. The size,
                                                                      layout, and functions of the new space meets the
                                                                      diverse care needs of patients. There are four
                                                                      purpose-built single dialysis rooms that enhance
                                                                      both the patient’s privacy and safety related to
                                                                      both infection control and risk. There is a bright
                                                                      spacious comfortable waiting area and dining area
                                                                      adjacent to the pantry.
                                                                        The design of the Centre allowed for enhanced
                                                                      improvements to the work flow and infection
                                                                      prevention and control. The design of the
                                                                      treatment areas facilitates better patient
                                                                      monitoring and care with overall improvement to
                                                                      both nursing processes and practices. The Centre
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