Wednesday 13th May 2015
Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore.
The Renal Dialysis Unit at the Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore has provided a high quality renal service based on multidisciplinary teamwork to renal patients in the Midlands area since 7th February 2005.
To celebrate its 10 year anniversary the Renal Multidisciplinary Team hosted its first Regional Renal Study Day on Wednesday 13th May 2015 in the Tullamore Court Hotel.
This Renal Study Day was aimed at all healthcare professionals from acute and community services across the region, and was attended on the day by over 100 healthcare professionals.
Ms Fiona McMahon, Interim Director of nursing officially opened the Renal Study Day with a brief history of the unit and outlined the developments within the renal service and nursing during this period.
Dr Eoin Bergin Consultant Nephrologist delivered the first talk, with an excellent medical overview on acute and chronic renal failure.
This was followed by Angela Killeen, Clinical Nurse Specialist for Chronic Kidney Disease with a detailed description of the care provided at MRHT to patients with chronic kidney disease.
Jomin Joykutty, Dialysis RGN and Johanna McWilliams, Baxter Healthcare RGN presented the different treatment options available to patients with End Stage Kidney Disease requiring Renal Replacement Therapy.
Maria Bergstrom, Clinical Nurse Specialist /In-patient Co-Ordinator concluded the morning session with some thought provoking dialogue in relation to end of life care and palliative support for patients with Renal Failure.
The afternoon presentations by Theresa Rennick, Renal Dietician and Lisa Kelly, Renal Pharmacist provided a thorough insight of the challenges of managing a renal diet, and the importance of good medication compliance with renal failure. Aileen Counihan Transplant Co - Coordinator from Beaumont Hospital discussed the processes and challenges for Cadaveric and live related /unrelated kidney donation.
The day concluded with Dermot Glynn, a former dialysis patient who now has a kidney transplant. He gave a very honest and moving account of his journey with renal failure.
He enlightened the group regarding the many and varied challenges faced by the renal patient and reminded all present that despite the advances in technology and medicine the patient is at the core of it all.
The evaluations from the many staff present were very positive and constructive with staff requesting that this become an annual event.
We would like to thank all of the contributors, sponsors and the Nursing & Midwifery Planning Development Unit for their contribution to this very successful study day, and as we look toward the next 10 years, we would like to recognize the commitment to excellence which has been shown by all staff providing care to Renal Patients at MRHT; Medical colleagues, Dietetics and Pharmacy, Health Care Assistants, Multi-Task Attendants, Clinical Engineering and Nursing. All collaborate to ensure that the care delivered is to the highest standard and patient experience is always positive.
Noreen Galvin, CNM 111 Dialysis Units MRHT:
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