Dr Neil Edward, one of the pioneers of renal dialysis at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, opened a satellite unit in Stonehaven today – bringing to fruition a huge local fundraising effort spearheaded by our local Rotary Club.
The Stonehaven Renal Unit, largely funded by the local community, offers dialysis for up to six patients, mornings and afternoons, three days a week. The unit means patients across Kincardine and the Mearns do not have to travel into Aberdeen for the treatment, which is typically required three times a week and can last 3-4 hours each time.
Dr Edward said: “Through my career I saw the steady development of dialysis but despite major improvements in the procedure and the associated technology is still a daunting type of treatment. Being able to undergo dialysis as close to home as possible is always best for the patient. I am honoured to be asked to formally open this unit and celebrate the achievements of the many community fundraisers.”
A huge fundraising effort by people and businesses in and around Stonehaven raised in excess of £1million in five years to get the project underway.
Dr Ann Humphrey, associate specialist in the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary dialysis unit and lead fundraiser for the campaign said: “The outstanding fundraising effort saw a groundswell of goodwill from our local community, and indeed all over the Grampian region, to make this unit a reality.
”I do not think there is a group in the local area who has not been involved in contributing to this campaign.”
Pivotal to the fundraising was the Rotary Club of Stonehaven. Past President of Billy Hunter said the club had been proud to play a leading role in the fund-raising process.
He said: “This was not solely a Rotary project. Businesses, schools, community groups and individuals all played their part. The scale of the support from the local community was really quite humbling. To see the unit up and running and making a difference to patients is fantastic.”
Representatives of the various donors and community fundraisers were invited to a celebration tea party at Kincardine Community Hospital, along with members of staff and the project team who delivered the facility.