Seeing the independence that home dialysis gives patients makes our job worthwhile
A renal nurse explains the challenges and rewards of running a home haemodialysis service
I have worked in renal nursing since I completed my nurse training more than 30 years ago.
After starting in peritoneal dialysis, I worked in the community before taking up posts in haemodialysis and home haemodialysis at Royal Derby Hospital, where I have worked for more than 25 years.
I am now senior sister and home haemodialysis lead of the renal unit at Royal Derby, one of the UK’s leading providers of home dialysis. I have stayed in renal nursing because it is always changing, with advances in technology enabling us to implement services such as home dialysis, which can significantly improve the patient experience.
More than 25,000 people with end-stage kidney failure in the UK rely on dialysis to survive. It is a time-consuming and life-changing process,...
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