‘Kidney unit better than a lottery win’

Oxford Mail: The Horton Hospital has welcomed its first patients to its new dialysis unit. Steven and Miranda Berry have campaigned for three years for the £100,000 unit. Picture: OX51586 Jon Lewis The Horton Hospital has welcomed its first patients to its new dialysis unit. Steven and Miranda Berry have campaigned for three years for the £100,000 unit. Picture: OX51586 Jon Lewis

FOR 15 years Banbury resident Steven Berry has woken at 4.30am, three times a week to travel to Oxford for renal dialysis.

The 60-mile round trip to the city’s Churchill Hospital meant he was out the door at 5.45am and back home at 2.30pm.

But yesterday his journey was little over five minutes as he became the first patient to use The Horton General Hospital’s new dialysis unit.

He and wife Miranda have campaigned for three years for the £100,000 unit to save people in the north of the county tiring journeys to Oxford’s Churchill Hospital.

The Kenilworth Way father-of-three left home at 6.45am for four hours of treatment from 7am to 11pm and was back by 11.30am.

The 54-year-old – who was later joined by four other patients yesterday morning – said: “It is better than winning the lottery.”

He added: “I am not so tired, I feel a lot better.

“I will be able to do things I could not do before.

“I can get on with my garden and take the dog for a walk.”

He said of his wife of 36 years, whose efforts included a 500 signature petition: “I am really proud of her.”

Mr Berry suffers from nephrotic syndrome, a kidney disease where blood protein leaks into the urine. Dialysis filters this out.

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Mrs Berry, 52, said: “It was absolutely brilliant, it has made such a difference.”

Previously, Mr Berry was picked up by volunteer transport for a session from 8am to midday.

But Mrs Berry said: “He had to wait around for transport for all the other patients.

“It could have been anything from over an hour which was causing a lot of stress.”

Mrs Berry added: “Before, he was so tired and washed out with waiting and the dialysis.

“You can see the difference in him straight away. He is much happier.”

The machines, staffed by two new nurses, are in the hospital’s former medical assessment unit, which has moved to Mulberry Ward.

It will initially take 10 patients a day on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and this will increase to 21 in six weeks for Monday to Saturday. Most patients need dialysis three days a week.

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust bosses said the unit could expand to meet an expected growth in demand.

Matron for dialysis Allie Thornley said: “I know how much of a difference it makes to the patients to be able to get to and from treatment quickly. We had patients who were able to walk to their treatment rather than spend time travelling to and from the Churchill.”

Patients using the new unit will come from Chipping Norton up to Brackley. Bicester patients will continue to go to Oxford.

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11:55am Tue 24 Apr 12

britinpaus says...

Just guessing that maybe weighing 50 stone isn't so good for your health !! One word ......DIET !!
Just guessing that maybe weighing 50 stone isn't so good for your health !! One word ......DIET !! britinpaus
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12:21pm Tue 24 Apr 12

online_reader says...

britinpaus wrote:
Just guessing that maybe weighing 50 stone isn't so good for your health !! One word ......DIET !!
What on earth are you talking about? He looks a perfectly normal weight. Are you criticising his wife for her weight when she's done so much for him? How charming you are.
[quote][p][bold]britinpaus[/bold] wrote: Just guessing that maybe weighing 50 stone isn't so good for your health !! One word ......DIET !![/p][/quote]What on earth are you talking about? He looks a perfectly normal weight. Are you criticising his wife for her weight when she's done so much for him? How charming you are. online_reader
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2:35pm Tue 24 Apr 12

Ellie the Bruce says...

britinpaus wrote:
Just guessing that maybe weighing 50 stone isn't so good for your health !! One word ......DIET !!
What an utterly deplorable and judgemental comment to make.

I think you are talking about his wife but clearly you didn't make the connection between the words and the picture.

One word......DUMB!!
[quote][p][bold]britinpaus[/bold] wrote: Just guessing that maybe weighing 50 stone isn't so good for your health !! One word ......DIET !![/p][/quote]What an utterly deplorable and judgemental comment to make. I think you are talking about his wife but clearly you didn't make the connection between the words and the picture. One word......DUMB!! Ellie the Bruce
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2:40pm Tue 24 Apr 12

GenoMed says...

Far better would be prevention of kidney failure. Fortunately, it has been possible for over 15 years to prevent 90% of kidney failure. For the story, please see: http://trishatorrey.
com/​2008/05/06/
conspiracy-theories
-reversi​ng-kidney
-disease-and-pers​
onalized-medicine/.


Our treatment only works early on, before a patient has lost half their kidney function. If you have diabetes or high blood pressure, please contact www.genomed.com. And please spread the word.
Far better would be prevention of kidney failure. Fortunately, it has been possible for over 15 years to prevent 90% of kidney failure. For the story, please see: http://trishatorrey. com/​2008/05/06/ conspiracy-theories -reversi​ng-kidney -disease-and-pers​ onalized-medicine/. Our treatment only works early on, before a patient has lost half their kidney function. If you have diabetes or high blood pressure, please contact www.genomed.com. And please spread the word. GenoMed
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8:21pm Sat 28 Apr 12

mandy&steve says...

britinpaus wrote:
Just guessing that maybe weighing 50 stone isn't so good for your health !! One word ......DIET !!
thankyou for your kind comments. but if you don't know me, don't criticise me. you know nothing about my health. if you haven't got anything kind to say then don't say anything at all.
[quote][p][bold]britinpaus[/bold] wrote: Just guessing that maybe weighing 50 stone isn't so good for your health !! One word ......DIET !![/p][/quote]thankyou for your kind comments. but if you don't know me, don't criticise me. you know nothing about my health. if you haven't got anything kind to say then don't say anything at all. mandy&steve
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