On the 13th of December 2017, the formal opening of the shared care unit at York hospital took place.The unit has been open and working as a shared care unit since July.We now have three shifts with ten patients using the facility.On the unit we are able to provide the patients with a friendly, calm environment in which to train.This is not always possible on the main unit.
We aim to provide and encourage all patients and staff to become more involved in shared care, by providing them with the opportunity and information to enable their participation in aspects of their treatment.
There are 13 skills which take patients through to total dialysis independence.It is the decision of the patient on how much they would like to take part in.
We provide continuity of staff and teaching methods, working in close contact with our home haemodialysis nurse to ensure a smooth transition from hospital to home or one of our independent care units in Harrogate or Selby.
The shared care unit was officially opened by Dr David Worth, who was the founder of renal services at York hospital and Dr Keith McCullough, Clinical lead for renal services. A speech was also made by specialist nurse Maggie Higginbotham, clinical educator for renal services.
Shared care means a working partnership between staff and patients, we wanted to show how much we appreciate the hard work and dedication our patients show by taking part, so we introduced a certificate award scheme to show our appreciation and to celebrate patents achievements.
Certificates were awarded by Dr Worth.
Julie Rice, HCA, Renal Unit, York Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust