Wolverhampton has published a Shared Care Article in the local Wolverhampton Express & Star Newspaper. read the full article below.....
Date of release: 26 July 2017
Patients of the Renal Unit at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust are gaining extra independence and playing an active part in their own treatment thanks to the Trust’s charity helping to improve their experience at the Trust.
Patients are now able to play an active and informed role in their own Haemodialysis - a proven method of removing waste products and extra fluid, which build up in the blood when the kidneys are no longer able to function properly.
As treatment requires so many changes to a patient’s life, they often feel that they have lost control. The Shared Care Programme supports hospital based patients to become more independent, confident and actively engaged in their own dialysis care.
Patients are supported by Specialist Nursing Sister Stacey Robinson. Her position of Shared Care Sister is the first of its type in the country. She supports patients to learn to adapt to their condition and also advises staff at Dialysis Units across Cannock, Walsall and Wolverhampton.
Stacey said: “If patients can have a more active role in managing their condition they gain confidence and feel as if they have an active role in staying as well as possible.
“The dialysis process is broken down into 14 tasks such as preparing equipment, measuring weight and observations. With supervision and training patients are also able to needle their fistulas and learn how to use the dialysis machine enabling them to be self-caring within the Haemodialysis unit.
“It has significantly increased the number of patients being able to cope more confidently with their long term condition and makes them feel less controlled by dialysis and more an active participant in their own care.”
Much of the equipment used by patients has been provided by The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust Hospital Charity. This includes a specialist trolley, forehead thermometer and an easy to use blood pressure cuff. The items are used daily by patients on the unit.
Darren Murphy,44 from Bushbury said “Thanks to the programme, I am able to keep in control and be independent. As I complete all of my own tasks, with support available should I need it, I can dialyse early in a morning and get back home to my children. My ultimate goal is to be able to dialyse at home.
Aftab Ali, 47 from Walsall said “Following my diabetes diagnosis in 2011 and various operations, I began dialysing in March 2016. New Cross Hospital is a good hospital and everyone on the unit is like family to me- the staff really listen to me. The benefits of shared care mean that I can do more for myself and this helps my confidence.”
For more information contact Richard Radcliffe on 01902 695900
Notes to editors
With an operating budget in excess of £507million (for 2015/16) the Trust is one of the largest acute and community providers in the West Midlands having more than 800 beds on the New Cross site including intensive care beds and neonatal intensive care cots. It also has 80 rehabilitation beds at West Park Hospital and 54 beds at Cannock Chase Hospital. As the second largest employer in Wolverhampton the Trust employs more than 8,000 staff.
The Trust provides its services from the following locations:
New Cross Hospital - secondary and tertiary services, maternity, Accident & Emergency, critical care and outpatients.
West Park Hospital - rehabilitation inpatient and day care services, therapy services and outpatients.
More than 20 community sites - community services for children and adults, Walk in Centres and therapy and rehabilitation services.
Cannock Chase Hospital – general surgery, orthopaedics, breast surgery, urology, dermatology, and medical day case investigations and treatment (including endoscopy).
The Trust has been successfully hosting the West Midlands Local Clinical Research Network for the first year since its establishment in April 2014, with a budget of £35m and staff totalling 1660, making it the largest such network in England.
Our Trust employs around 8002 staff and our success depends on the commitment and dedication of our staff. Our patients are cared for by 2339 nurses and midwives and 738 doctors. In addition, we employ more than 747 estates and facilities staff, 236 healthcare scientists and 448 health professionals, such as physiotherapists and speech therapists.