The renal unit in Tyrone County Hospital opened in August 1989 as a satellite of Belfast City Hospital and developed as an autonomous sub-regional unit from 1993. The unit is now part of the Western Health and Social Care Trust and along with its sister unit in Altnagelvin Hospital, provides a comprehensive renal service to a population of around half a million in the north-west and south-western part of Northern Ireland. Aspects of the service include:
• 22 station maintenance haemodialysis facility quality accredited under ISO 9001:2000.
• Acute haemodialysis provision in the South-West acute hospital (SWAH) for both AKI patients as well as hospitalised ESRD patients.
• Renal home treatment centre for training and continuing care of home haemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis patients.
• Formal low clearance programme with emphasis on pre-emptive transplantation.
• Local provision of formal vascular access.
• Transplant work-up and post- transplant management.
• Strong commitment to multidisciplinary practice including medical and nursing staff, dietetics, clinical pharmacy, social work, clinical psychology, clinical technology and quality project management.
• Lead role in the development of a cross border information network with adjacent partner units in the Republic of Ireland.
• The unit maintains close clinical, research and educational links with the transplant centre in Belfast City Hospital.
Mrs Joyce Leary, Renal Unit Manager
Mrs Anne Young, Renal Unit Nursing Sister
Mrs Ciara McCrystal, ISO Quality Manager
Mr Sean Tracey, Senior Medical Technical Officer
Mrs Carmel Kilpatrick, Home Therapies Unit Manager
Mrs Sinead McCann, Renal Pharmacist
Mrs Fiona Roche, Renal Pharmacist
Mrs Twyla Moffitt, Lead Dietitian
Mrs Julie McCusker, Lead Dietitian
Mrs Anne Cook, Social Worker
The Renal team in the Western Trust continues to expand maintaining its ethos of patient centred care and strong multi-disciplinary approach. Through a dedicated team involving doctors, dialysis and specialist nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, dialysis technicians, podiatrist, psychologist and social workers; we continue to provide a holistic care to our patients.
The Altnagelvin renal unit (AAH) along with its sister renal unit in Tyrone county hospital (TCH) facilitates renal replacement therapy to patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD) covering a catchment population of close to half a million over a wide geographical region. The renal unit in TCH is quality accredited under ISO 9001:2000.
Through the quality assurance mechanism, we have monthly multi-disciplinary meeting focusing on continually improving renal services in the trust. As a result, we have robust medical and nursing protocols for the management of most renal conditions. We continue to update the existing protocols and formulate new ones as per clinical need, incorporating the latest medical evidence.
We maintain a very close link with the tertiary transplant centre in Belfast and the rest of our renal colleagues in other HSC trusts. This includes twice a year Nephrology meetings and audit meetings discussing issues of importance across the province.