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North Brisol NHS Trust BS

Location: UK » South West » BS
Sector: Health

I was told by the North Bristol NHS Trust, in a letter, that they are looking to move all their renal dialysis services to a kind of D.I.Y self help basis, with minimal supervision from health care workers (HCAs).

They intend to trial this reduced quality service at Cosham Hospital, in Bristol very soon.

The Trust was asking for volunteers, who are willing to perform their own intra venus needling and setup their allocated renal dialysis machines. These ‘brave explorers’ would be transferred to Cosham Hospital as the first guinea pigs. They would receive some training and then be let loose.

The letter states that if Cosham Hospital is a success, then all the Trust’s
renal facilities will move to the new regime.

At satellite renal dialysis unites, across Bristol, I know that all the patients are
horrified. They all disposed of their letters.

This is obviously a cost cutting measure, which could be potentially very dangerous to participating patients.

Obviously, in the long run, this measure will result in the loss of 100s of renal nurses, above HCA level,.

I asked one Sister, at a Bristol renal dialysis unit, for her thoughts on this matter. She agreed with me in every way.

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They are trying to save money on Renal Dialysis.

If this cut is successful, the burden of self treatment will fall on my father as well as myself.

Every renal dialysis patient will potentially have to D.I.Y treat themselves.
Not all patients can be trusted to perform this complex operation safetly.

There may be many accidents…...

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Posted by: Mr Concerned at 2:36am on 20 February 2012

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