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Supported by partner organisations NHS Gloucestershire and the Forest of Dean District Council, Gloucestershire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s new unit will boast 12 ‘state of the art’ dialysis stations.

The new unit is located on Newtown Road, Forest Vale Industrial Estate, with the location was based on an analysis of travel times for over two hundred existing dialysis patients.

Local building contractor Speller Metcalfe was chosen to complete the works, which involved the conversion of an existing industrial warehouse that had been unoccupied for a long time into the new dialysis facility.

“The conversion into the renal unit was a complex job, which had to be completely remodelled from one large space into an operating dialysis facility that can support up to 48 patients and provision for future growth,” said Andy Metcalfe, Joint MD at Speller Metcalfe.

He continued: “We have worked hard with Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to deliver a building that will become a life-saving facility for many local people, and know that this will become one of many essential services for the local community.”

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Chief Executive Dr Frank Harsent: “Having to undergo kidney dialysis has a massive impact on a patient's life, with most people needing lengthy sessions three times a week. It's therefore crucial that we offer it in the most welcoming of environments, where absolutely everything is tailored towards their specific needs.

“This investment will provide existing patients with the option to transfer their dialysis from the existing Cotswold and Severn dialysis units to the new unit, bringing care closer to their homes. Our consultant nephrologists will undertake regular ward rounds at the site in Cinderford.

“We are justifiably proud of the new unit and look forward to officially opening the new facility.”

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