Helping critically ill Harefield patients

Harefield Hospital treats patients with some of the most complex heart and lung conditions. As part of their recovery, many of these patients undergo dialysis, a treatment to help filter the blood when the kidneys are not working properly.

The current system of hemofiltration takes up to 12 hours and is undertaken overnight, which due to the noise and being attached to a machine can be very disruptive for a patient's sleep. A nurse must also be present for the duration of the treatment, taking them away from other duties.

How the new equipment will help patients

This appeal will provide six haemodialysis machines for one transplant ward and the intensive care ward at Harefield Hospital, which will cut the treatment time down to four hours and will allow it to be delivered during the day.

Harefield critical care matron Ciara said:

Patients often spend 12 hours connected to the machine overnight. A new haemodialysis service will allow us to deliver the same therapy over a shorter time, allowing patients to rest overnight. This will lead to better quality sleep and more time for rehab and physio during the day.

What you can do

By donating or fundraising for this appeal, you’ll be helping over 150 Harefield patients who need Haemodialysis each year and help save over 75 days of valuable nursing care time.

We desperately need to raise £165,000 to help improve the delivery of dialysis treatment, allowing it to be delivered as quickly and effectively as possible so patients can return home sooner. Please donate or fundraise for this appeal now. Thank you for your generosity.