Marcus Fysh MP visited the Yeovil Renal Unit where he spoke with staff and patients about the life-saving dialysis treatment it provides to those that suffer serious kidney conditions from across the South Somerset and West Dorset regions. He was keen to hear staff views about the future of the NHS and local staff levels. My Fysh also met with patients, where he discussed the treatment they receive and how they have had to adapt their everyday lives to having dialysis treatment. The centre is run by B-Braun and is sub contracted by the NHS, an example of successful independent sector provision in the Health Sector.
“It is vital that we keep health services like the Renal Unit here in Yeovil open as it is so essential to the patients that use it. I am delighted that there is commitment to the future of this high performing unit. With fantastic facilities and friendly staff, the Renal Unit in Yeovil is a quality centre that provides life saving treatment. I spoke with patients who said they find the service here outstanding and the staff here superb. They also spoke of the impact it has on their daily lives, including employment and the struggles those receiving dialysis treatment can face.”
“The supply of GPs, transport of patients and greater consideration for those receiving dialysis treatment by PIP assessors were some of the issues brought to my attention. The Government is committed to continual improvement of this sort of assessment so that is something I will be feeding back. It was good to talk about wider NHS issues too. This unit is an example of very useful independent sector provision within the NHS, still free at the point of use and true to the ideology of the organisation. However these things are organised though it’s the people that make it happen and my thanks to staff and patients for making me so welcome.’
Many thanks to Mr Illsley (pictured) who contacted Marcus about the Renal Unit.