DOHA: The Dialysis Unit at Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Al Wakra Hospital is currently treating over thirty patients. The number of patients has gradually increased since it opened a year before, says a senior official.
The unit operates six days a week with two shifts on three days to accommodate the number of patients coming to the dialysis unit and to provide suitable time options for patients who work during the morning.
The unit has eighteen dialysis stations with the latest dialysis technology. The stations are also separated into different sections for men and women, providing patients with adequate privacy.
Dr Ihab El Madhoun, Senior Consultant Nephrologist, Head of the Renal Unit at Al Wakra Hospital said: “Since the opening of the Dialysis Unit at Al Wakra Hospital, our unit has witnessed great progress in the service provided to patients. When we first opened the unit, we had only a few patients, but now there are over thirty patients with chronic kidney disease having regular dialysis through Al Wakra Hospital dialysis unit.”
Dialysis is a lifesaving treatment for patients with advanced chronic kidney disease for removing excess water and waste products from the blood. It is used primarily as an artificial replacement for lost kidney function in people with renal failure. Patients who need dialysis are unable to filter waste products from the blood and if these waste products don’t get filtered from the blood, they can be poisonous to the body.
Patients who need dialysis can be split into two groups: those suffering from chronic kidney disease or failure and those suffering from acute kidney disease. For patients with acute kidney injury, the condition can be reversible and the patient can make a full recovery after treatment. However, for those with chronic kidney disease or failure, a condition that often results from diabetes and high blood pressure, the problem usually isn’t reversible and the patient will require regular dialysis until a kidney transplant becomes available, explained Dr El Madhoun.
Patients with chronic kidney disease usually require hemodialysis three times a week, explains Dr El Madhoun. He adds, “Each session takes around 4 hours and completing the sessions is an essential part of patients’ commitment to proper treatment. For this reason we aim to provide our patients with the most comforting environment during their treatment.”
The unit has eighteen dialysis stations with the latest dialysis technology. The Peninsula