Dialysis centre is to open this year
AFTER years of delays, Wexford's new kidney dialysis centre should be up and running before the end of the year.
A planning application is due to be submitted by the end of this month for the new centre which will be established in Whitemill Industrial Estate in a former Acorn Fashions factory premises.
It will serve all areas of the county and will remove the need for people who require dialysis to travel to Waterford or Dublin for treatment.
'We expect it to happen before the end of the year. To ask people to travel to Waterford three times a week for dialysis is a big ask and there is plenty of pressure as well on the Waterford dialysis unit,' said Mark Murphy, from the Irish Kidney Association.
'Dialysis takes three days out of your life every week, it's a huge burden.'
Cllr George Lawlor, among those who has long campaigned for the establishment of the Wexford centre, said it should have been up and running already, but the HSE had dragged its heels.
'We have made contact with the HSE about it a number of times and it's good news that these much-needed facilities will be available before the end of the year,' he said.
The HSE/University Hospital Waterford currently provides transport for over 50 patients with County Wexford addresses.
'A similar satellite service has been operating successfully in Kilkenny in recent years and the HSE's aim is for a such a model to be in place for Wexford by the middle of next year,' the HSE told this newspaper.
Prospective clients at the unit in Wexford will remain in the overall care of consultant nephrologists and multidisciplinary renal team based of the South East regional service based at University Hospital Waterford (UHW). A consultant and dietician from UHW will visit the Wexford dialysis unit on a weekly basis.