Renal unit is officially open

Staff, patients and dignitaries at the opening.
Staff, patients and dignitaries at the opening.

The renal unit was officially opened at Kirkcudbright Cottage Hospital this week.

Staff, patients, carers and dignitaries gathered together to mark the occasion with the unveiling of a plaque that read: “A development created within the community for the community.”

The unit has been up and running since January and provides a nurse-led low maintenance dialysis service for patients within a 30-minute drive of its location, treating patients from the Wigtownshire and Stewartry area.

Fiona McCrae, a patient who has been using the service at the facility for six months, said: “This is a great facility to have in our area. I used to travel from Castle Douglas to Dumfries four days a week for dialysis but now my travelling time is cut down, and also the convenience of going to the new unit in Kirkcudbright makes such a difference to myself and other local patients, allowing us to have a more fulfilling and balanced life.

“The new unit being in a cottage hospital makes it a more homely environment for myself and the other patients and there is an excellent medical team on hand. Those who are based at the hospital in Kirkcudbright and the renal staff from Dumfries are now familiar faces.

“The community support from groups and individuals, both financial and in terms of boosting morale has been fantastic. I would like to thank everyone involved for their dedication and hard work in reaching this day – it makes such a difference to all the patients who use the facility.”

Julie White, chief operating officer, added: “NHS Dumfries and Galloway are committed to providing services as close to home as possible and this development is a great example of our ambition to do this.”