Official Opening of Self Care Dialysis Unit


The Self Care Dialysis Unit at The Knockbreda Wellbeing and Treatment Centre has been officially opened.

Jennifer Welsh, Director, Surgery and Specialist Services said there are more than 750 people in Northern Ireland receiving dialysis for end stage kidney disease with patients attending one of 6 chronic dialysis units spread throughout Northern Ireland and said that ‘the self care dialysis unit at Knockbreda has been a fantastic achievement’ and congratulated all those involved. Dr Billy Nelson, a recently retired consultant nephrologist at Belfast City Hospital and clinical lead for home therapies including haemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis officially opened the centre.

Background Information

The self care unit at Knockbreda Wellbeing and Treatment Centre was opened to patients in September 2013. It is the first self care unit not attached to an acute hospital in the UK and Ireland. The primary function of self care is to encourage patient involvement in their treatment and allow some flexibility in treatment times. It also allows patients to self treat more frequently than is possible in a hospital environment. These extra dialysis sessions improve both quality and length of life for patients with kidney failure

Photograph above : Dr Billy Nelson, retired consultant nephrologist with Jennifer Welsh, Director, Surgery and Specialist Services.