Renal (kidney) patients across North Kirklees are now getting their care closer to home at three new consultant-led clinics across the patch – the first stage of a major overhaul of services.
NHS Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group has worked with Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, the service provider, to move outpatient services away from hospital and into the community. The new clinics will provide ongoing checks and care for the area’s 236 renal patients except those needing dialysis or living with a transplanted kidney who will continue to attend Dewsbury and District Hospital.
The consultant-led clinics will run on Thursday mornings at:
- Batley Health Centre
- Brookroyd Surgery, Heckmondwike
- Healds Road Practice, Dewsbury
A second phase of the service transformation will include the appointment of a renal nurse practitioner to support patients and training for GPs and practice nurses which should lead to better identification and early treatment of people who have undiagnosed renal disease. Clinicians will also be able to seek specialist advice more quickly and therefore avoid unnecessary referrals.
All patients affected by the change have been sent a leaflet telling them about the new community clinics.
The CCG’s Chair, Dr David Kelly, said:
“One of the CCG’s key aims is to deliver as much care as possible at, or closer to, people’s homes, ensuring that services are more accessible and convenient,
“I am really pleased and proud that we can now add renal clinics to a growing list of healthcare services being offered in community settings rather than at hospitals. I am sure patients will benefit from having appointments at clinics closer to their home as well as from the overall service improvements that will be in place later in the year,” he added.
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