An HSJ roundtable, sponsored by NxStage, looked at the advantages and deterrents to adoption of home haemodialysis in the NHS and ways to overcome them
Only around 5 per cent of haemodialysis patients in the UK dialyse at home – an option which is likely to be more convenient for many of them and can also allow for more frequent dialysis, with improved outcomes.
But more patients might choose this option if they were given the information and support needed. This HSJ roundtable looks at what are the barriers to more people opting for home haemodialysis and what can be done to overcome them.
It brought together those from patient groups, managers and clinicians to talk about the challenges they face.
- Alastair McLellan, HSJ editor, chair
- Fiona Loud, policy director, Kidney Care UK
- Matt Herbert, dialysis patient
- Dr Natalie Borman, care group director, Portsmouth Hospital Trust
- Rebecca Gouveia, service manager, Imperial College Healthcare Trust
- Dr Daljit Hothi, clinical lead for home haemodialysis, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children Foundation Trust
- Andrea Brown, interim chief executive, National Kidney Federation
- Catherine Stannard, quality improvement programme manager, UK Renal Registry
- Dr Nick Pritchard, clinical director of renal medicine, Cambridge University Hospitals FT
- Stephanie Walker, clinical nurse specialist, University Hospitals Birmingham FT