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Kidney patient praises home dialysis care

Annalise says that having dialysis at home means she's got her life back. Photo:

Annalise Briton is one of hundreds of patients trialing a new type of treatment offered by the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth.

Annalise says that having dialysis at home means she's got her life back.

She was going into hospital three times a week including Saturdays before being trained to start dialysis at home.

Dialysis is a procedure which removes harmful waste products and excess fluid from the blood when the kidneys stop working properly.

Portsmouth's Queen Alexandra Hospital has the third largest home haemodialysis department in the country.

The home dialysis machines provided to patients are portable and can be transported via aircraft.

Annalise says she can now plan to travel the world, a dream she feared had ended with her kidney failure.

In terms of well being patients report quicker recovery time after dialysis, in centre patients often have to sleep after treatment. At home they can go about their business, they can eat and drink more freely."

– Dr Natalie Borman, Consultant Nephrologist
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