King's Mill Hospital opens new renal unit
A new renal unit officially has opened at a north Nottinghamshire hospital.
The Mike Cassidy Renal Unit at King's Mill Hospital in Sutton in Ashfield, which replaced the 16-station facility, now has 20 dialysis stations.
The NHS trust said the centre has the latest dialysis equipment, with TV and wi-fi internet access for each patient.
The Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust hoped more people suffering from kidney diseases in north Nottinghamshire would now receive better care closer to home.
Nottinghamshire has three renal units, with one in the north of the county.
Susan Bowler, executive nurse director for the trust, said: "It is an important step forward in continuing to provide first-class healthcare that meets the needs of local people who require haemodialysis.
"The dialysis machines make a real difference to patients and what we can do in treating kidney disease in this area."
Patient Danny Barton from Boughton said: "From what we've been used to, it's just fantastic.
"There's so much space and patients aren't sat a yard apart, it's light and airy, it's absolutely brilliant now.
"The old one was just a little old ward, up a corridor. It was really antiquated, it was not fit for purpose anymore."
The facility will be officially opened by Mrs Geraldine Cassidy, whose husband Dr Mike Cassidy was the clinical director for renal services for Nottingham NHS trust before his death in 2009.