The new Dialysis Unit at St. Bernard’s Hospital became fully functional on Monday, 11th July 2005.
The provision of a Dialysis service in Gibraltar means that this vulnerable sector of the community no longer have to travel across a frontier into Spain several times each week to obtain the service in the neighbouring town of La Linea.
The new Dialysis Clinic incorporates the most modern equipment available and all the facilities necessary for the provision of the Dialysis Service.The Dialysis Unit at St. Bernard’s Hospital is managed and run under a Contract with the Clinic in La Linea, Spain that has been providing the service to our patients up to now. This will ensure a continuity in the level of clinical service provided to the patients as well as providing the confidence and reassurance for them that the service is being provided by the same familiar faces. Heading the Clinical Management Team is Consultant Nephrologist Dr Joaquin Lopez Rodriguez who has many years of experience in the care of patients requiring renal dialysis.
The GHA will provide the training opportunity for locally recruited nurses who will in due course take over the provision of the nursing service within the Dialysis Unit. The Dialysis Unit occupies a prime location within St. Bernard’s Hospital providing the patients with excellent views of the Rock, the Harbour, the Straits and both the Spanish and African coastlines during the prolonged periods of many hours during which they are receiving the dialysis treatment.
The Unit is also equipped with audio visual entertainment facilities for the benefit of the patients. The GHA has received many complimentary comments and congratulations from the staff, the patients and their families who indicated how pleased they are with the Dialysis service provided.