SERVICES: Patients in Bedford and Harlow will be able to get dialysis closer to home thanks to two planned satellite renal dialysis units.

The units - which should be set up by January 2013 - will be run by East and North Hertfordshire Trust working with a private sector partner Diaverum UK. It will make the trust’s renal service the biggest in the East of England.

Roger Greenwood, one of the trust’s renal medicine consultants, said: “We are delighted that after such a long wait, residents in both Bedfordshire and West Essex will now have access to local kidney dialysis units. We have 20 years experience running similar NHS centres in Stevenage, St Albans and Luton and are confident in providing excellent standards of care for renal dialysis patients in these new areas.”

The tender was awarded after a procurement process run by the East of England Specialised Commissioning Group.