Tender process for West Wales dialysis services has been completed

NHS Wales has confirmed that the tender for the provision of unit haemodialysis (renal dialysis services) in West Wales has been completed.
Following evaluation of the submitted bids by patients and clinical staff, the Minister of Health and Social Services has approved the recommendation to award the contract to Fresenius Medical Care Renal Services Ltd.
Fresenius has a long history of providing dialysis in West Wales, as well as other parts of Wales and the UK, and is the current provider of dialysis services in the region.
This contract with Fresenius is held by Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board which provides renal services for the population of West Wales via the regional renal centre at Morriston hospital.
The contract will start in September 2014 and run for a minimum of seven years.
It will include:
  • Providing a haemodialysis service at the 30 station permanent dialysis unit at Glangwili Hospital, Carmarthen 
  • Providing a haemodialysis service at the new 21 station permanent dialysis unit at Withybush Hospital, Haverfordwest 
  • Developing a space within the Padarn Surgery facility in Aberystwyth and subsequently providing a haemodialysis service at the resultant 12 station permanent dialysis unit. In the interim, Fresenius will continue to provide a haemodialysis at the current unit on the Bronglias Hospital site. 
Timescales - 

Permanent Withybush Unit
The new unit will be operational on Monday 29 September 2014. Initially it will open with six stations and patients at the existing temporary unit at the back of the Withybush Hospital site will transfer into the new unit. The unit will then quickly expand in numbers as patients currently travelling to the Carmarthen unit will be transferred in a safe and managed process.

Padarn Surgery, Aberystwyth
The development of the space in the Padarn Surgery is expected to require approximately six months. Work is scheduled to start in September 2014 and be complete by end of March 2015. As the project progresses, a firm date by when the unit will be operational will be confirmed.

Glangwili Hospital, Carmarthen
Fresenius will continue to provide the service at the current unit. Already developed to a high quality and specification, the facility is to be refreshed with new dialysis machines, chairs and other items of equipment.

As well as the provision of haemodialysis, the units all have additional clinical spaces which are to be utilised by the renal services from Swansea to provide local treatments such as IV Iron administration, home therapy training and additional clinics for dialysis and renal patients. This will be a significant improvement in both the local dialysis capacity and the renal service capability for West Wales patients and their families.
This contract and the services provided through it has been achieved through the collaboration by the Welsh Renal Clinical Network, Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee, Hywel Dda and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Boards on behalf of patients in West Wales.
Hywel Dda University Health Board’s Executive Director of Planning and Integration / Therapies and Health Science Kathryn Davies said: “It is excellent news that this provision has been agreed, and particularly good news for Pembrokeshire that the new unit will be accepting patients from the end of September. Our staff have worked hard to deliver this unit, which will provide a modern facility and latest healthcare technology for the benefit of local patients.”
Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board’s Chief Executive Paul Roberts said: “We look forward to continuing to provide high quality renal services to the patients of Hywel Dda University Health Board from the new modern dialysis facilities delivered alongside this contract. It will enable the renal services to expand the range of care it can provide locally which is welcomed by all involved.”
Director of Specialised and Tertiary Services at the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee John Palmer said: “I am grateful for all the hard work put in by staff from across NHS Wales to deliver this contract. It demonstrates the value of collaboration in delivering high quality care locally. This package of developments will provide major improvements in meeting the dialysis needs of the whole West Wales population for the long term.” 

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