Hundreds have supported a campaign to get a dialysis unit at Sheppey Community Hospital
A campaign to get a dialysis unit built on the Island is
Last week we reported how Kevin Edwards, who was diagnosed with
kidney disease in January, is calling for the equipment to be
installed at Sheppey Community Hospital.
The 49-year-old, of Harps Avenue, Minster, has to travel to
Maidstone Hospital three times a week to have dialysis and he says
he has had so much support from fellow Islanders who are having or
have had similar experiences.
He has now launched an online petition to gain even more
signatures and his cause was boosted on Saturdayfeb23 after he
spent time at the clock tower in Sheerness – he collected 350
signatures in just two hours.
He says it can cost £500 a day for people to travel for
treatment which is funded by the NHS, through the taxpayer.
After researching the price of a dialysis machine, he believes
you can get one for £12,000 which he says would pay for itself
The dad-of-two said: “It’s just ridiculous,” he said. “There’s
lots of people on the Island but they just put up with it.
“I have been surprised by the reaction – everyone has been
fantastic and it’s been a tremendous response.”
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