On Friday 14th September, Baxter officially opened a new residential education training centre in Swinton for patients, the first of its kind in the north of England.
Lord Smith of Leigh, Chair of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, and Andy Goldney, General Manager for Baxter UK, officially opening the centre. Lord Smith said: “I am pleased to be able to support the opening of the centre, which is very much aligned with our strategy to enable patients to take more charge of their own health. It is an innovative project that will provide a benefit to patients across Greater Manchester and the north of England as well as saving the NHS money.”
Attendees at the event were given tours of the space, including a social living and dining area to make patients feel at home and dedicated training rooms to ensure patients are as confident as possible in carrying out their home therapy.
The Baxter Education Centre offers a purpose-built space where patients who require renal dialysis or intravenous nutrition are educated, trained and supported to be able to carry out their therapy at home. The centre will enable the training of 275 patients per year for 3 days of one-on-one training, with a follow up training day within six weeks of completing training.
This new centre is expected to save the NHS 15,000 man-hours per year by reducing the burden on NHS teams and keeping more patients on home-based therapies and is expected to have a significant impact on those patients who experience regular hospital treatment.
By enabling patients to manage their therapies at home they are able to spend more time with their family and friends, continue work and provides them with a better health-related quality of life.