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Over £30,000 raised by local community improves patients’ experience
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Press release date15/05/2018
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Schools, sports clubs and local residents have rallied together to raise money for essential equipment which is improving the lives of dialysis patients within Leicestershire.
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Leicester General Hospital Haemodialysis Unit has received over £30,000 of donations in the last year. Haemodialysis is a process which purifies the blood of a person whose kidneys are not working normally. Haemodialysis is a lifesaving treatment and patients have to have their treatment for a minimum of 4 hours, 3 days a week, every week.


Patient, Asif Mohemmed said: “We’re so thankful and grateful to everyone who has donated and given their time to help raise vital funds. The money raised has helped us so much and changed things positively.”


Last year the Haemodialysis Unit were very fortunate to be chosen by Evington Valley Golf Society as their charity. The Golf Society is made up of local business people who raise money for charities around Leicester. In August 2017 they organised a golf tournament as well as an evening event which in total raised £15,000 for the Unit.  


With this money the Haemodialysis Unit purchased a new ECG machine which has replaced their outdated model, and a state of the art vascular access scanner.


Coral Wimbury, Unit Sister, Haemodialysis Unit said: "This equipment is vital to ensure our patients receive the most appropriate and up to date care."  


A second donation of £17,000 was donated by the Leicester Madani School on Evington Valley Road and was used towards the vascular scanner and night lights for patients who have their treatment overnight.


Coral Wimbury, Unit Sister, Haemodialysis Unit said: “The new night lights for patients who dialyse overnight have created a much more relaxing and safer atmosphere making people feel more at ease and helping the staff to care for their patients safely.”


Patients have also benefited from the local Land of Learning School raising almost £2900. This money went towards important manual handling equipment, fans, heat pads, TVs and remotes.


Contact information:
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For further information please contact:
Kimberleigh Salt
Tel: 0116 258 8644
Email: kimberleigh.salt@uhl-tr.nhs.uk
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6608
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