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Kidney Patients: Health Services

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what provision is made for kidney patients requiring regular haemodialysis while away from home on holiday; and if she will make a statement; (142019)

(2) what her Department's policy is on providing access to haemodialysis facilities to kidney patients wishing to holiday away from home;

(3) if she will increase the number of facilities providing access to haemodialysis for kidney patients who wish to holiday away from home; and if she will make a statement.

(4) what information is provided to kidney patients who wish to take holidays about access to alternative NHS haemodialysis units.

The National Service Framework for Renal Services makes clear that the ability to dialyse away from home, for holidays or other reasons, is important to kidney patients. The Department has published guidance on temporary dialysis away from home which has been placed in the Library and is available on the Department's website at:

The exact manner in which this guidance is implemented is a matter for the national health service.