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Kidney Patients: East Sussex

Volume 459: debated on Friday 20 April 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex were on the waiting list for treatment for dialysis services in each year since 1997. (130967)

This information is not collected centrally. There is no specific waiting list for dialysis. Dialysis is often an emergency treatment and patients with no kidney function will die in a matter of weeks if they do not receive dialysis. For patients whose disease has been identified well in advance of end-stage renal failure, dialysis begins at a time when the individual and his or her consultant feel it is appropriate. Part one of the national service framework for renal services recommends starting to prepare people for dialysis about a year before it will be needed, as such preparation leads to better outcomes for the patient.