Banbury Mum urges hospital bosses to return kidney dialysis to the Horton
A Banbury mother of two who is spending seven hours a day getting treatment has appealed to Oxford hospital bosses to return dialysis to the Horton without delay.
Jasmine Parker, 30, has needed dialysis three times a week for the last four years but the dedicated unit at the Horton has been moved to Oxford to make way for a Covid-19 ward.
In the past she has undergone two failed kidney transplants.
Jasmine's mum, Diane Wincott, said: "In March when we all went on lockdown my daughter's dialysis unit at the hospital was transferred to the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Oxford as a temporary measure. The patients were told it would be back by June.
"The patients have been trying to find out how much longer they will have to travel to Oxford but just keep getting fobbed of with excuses."
Mrs Wincott said her daughter's dialysis takes four hours each session. She gets patient transport to the NOC but Mrs Wincott has to collect her after work to bring her home.
"First they told us the unit was being used for Covid patients then it was having work done on it. Now I believe they have said they don't even have a place for them. We want to know what is going on," she said.
"When my daughter is on dialysis in Banbury she's away from her family for around four and a half hours as she lives not far from the Horton. But going to Oxford she is away for anything between seven - eight hours which is a big difference and is having a impact on her and her family."
Allie Thornley, Matron and Clinical Lead for Renal Medicine said: “I would like to thank our Banbury patients and staff for their understanding during this period of the temporary relocation of the Horton Renal Unit to the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Oxford.
"The move was made to ensure patient safety as part of the Trust’s urgent response to COVID-19. We are very grateful to patients as we appreciate the difficulties of travelling to Oxford regularly.
"We are now working hard to return the dialysis service to the Horton General Hospital and to provide a safe and convenient environment for our patients to be treated closer to home. As soon as we have a confirmed date, our patients will be the first to know.”