Largest Temporary Renal Dialysis Unit Deployed at King’s College Hospital

A temporary renal dialysis unit at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has been increased in size to maximise efficiency, enabling the treatment of a greater number of patients.

The Liberty Quad unit,which links four 13.6m medical trailers together, has been providing essential care to hundreds of patients at the Trust’s Dulwich Community Hospital site since it was installed by EMS-Healthcare in February last year.

Initially intended as a six-month temporary solution, its success has led to the contract being extended until 2015 as well as its capacity increased.

The addition of a fifth mobile medical trailerhas created an eight-bed ward,plus a dedicated recovery bay and spacious, clean utility storage as well as a large comfortable working station for nursing staff. It is the largest single unit healthcare facility to be deployed by EMS-Healthcare.

Keith Austin, CEO in EMS-Healthcare said: “We took on board the Trust’s feedback and made significant improvements to the unit to help maximise efficiency and provide a more comfortable and spacious workplace for nurses to treat their patients.

“A major benefit of the Liberty Quad Plus facility is that it can be deployed quickly and efficiently as there is no structure to build or major site preparation required. The fifth unit was simply driven onto site and all fit out changes made over a weekend to ensure minimal impact on patient service.”

The temporary renal dialysis unit provides the ultimate flexible solution to estate management and clinical teams, ensuring King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust can continue to provide high levels of life-saving care. The facility is operational six days a week delivering three sessions per day to groups of eight patients at a time.

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Maine Ophthalmologists Encourage Greater Knowledge of Glaucoma Risks

“As patients enter their 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s and beyond it is important for them to become aware of glaucoma risk factors that might be relevant to their individual situation,” commented Glaucoma Specialist Robert Daly, M.D. of Eyecare Medical Group in Portland.

“There is strong correlation between age and the likelihood of developing glaucoma. We know that your risk increases considerably after the age of 40. And if you are over 60 years of age-even if you have no other family or medical history that is significant-you are six times more likely to get glaucoma. A family history of glaucoma-especially among your brothers and sisters-can increase your risk to 4-9 times that of the average population,” noted Dr. Daly.

“Patients should take note of some recent research that suggests additional glaucoma risk factors may include long term use of oral contraceptive birth control pills, early natural menopause and obstructive sleep apnea,” shared Glaucoma Specialist Samuel Solish, M.D. “This is important for patients to know about. First, researchers reporting on the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), administered by the Centers for Disease Control, indicated that woman who had used birth control pills for long periods of time were twice as likely to develop glaucoma. Further, researchers reporting in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that those women who entered natural menopause at an early age were more likely to develop glaucoma. And finally, it appears that having sleep apnea exposes patients to significant risk of glaucoma. All three of these risk factors should prompt patients to seek routine eye exams with glaucoma evaluation in order to have early detection, diagnosis and treatment is necessary. In this way we are more able to help patients prevent vision loss from glaucoma,” stressed Dr. Solish.

Eyecare Medical Group is a leading ophthalmology practice in Portland, Maine staffed by a team of eye care specialists including eye doctors who are fellowship trained glaucoma specialists, retina specialists, cornea specialists and cataract and lens implant specialists-all board certified Ophthalmologists-as well as Optometrists, Opticians, technical and administrative staff who provide eye examinations for adults and children, cataract surgery and intraocular lens implants, (IOL), laser vision correction such as LASIK, diagnosis and treatment of cornea disease including cornea transplants, care for diseases of the retina including diabetes and age related macular degeneration and diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma.

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