Expanded Penzance hospital renal unit opens

A specialist kidney unit in Penzance has officially reopened after an £850,000 expansion and refurbishment.

The Aubrey Williams Renal Unit at West Cornwall Hospital boasts nine treatment stations, two more than before.

Patients with infections can also be treated in an isolation area in the unit without having to go to Truro, the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust said.

The facility, which first opened in 1996, regularly sees about 40 patients a week.

The trust's kidney specialist, consultant John Strutton, said the new unit was an improvement on the previous facilities.

He said they were not used just by local patients, but also by visitors to the county particularly during the tourism season.

He said: "It was all quite cramped and very awkward at times.

"With this we'll have a unit that can deal with the area's needs for the foreseeable future."

The unit is named after former patient and local charity fund-raiser Aubrey Williams.

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