Bute kidney unit campaign is launched

Irene Wilson, Allan McFarlane and Maureen McDonald at the launch of the Bute Kidney Patients' Support Group campaign to bring a satellite dialysis facility to the island.
Irene Wilson, Allan McFarlane and Maureen McDonald at the launch of the Bute Kidney Patients' Support Group campaign to bring a satellite dialysis facility to the island.

A campaign to bring a community kidney dialysis facility to Bute has been officially launched.

The Bute Kidney Patients’ Support Group plans to raise £300,000 for a satellite unit which would save island residents having to travel to Greenock three days a week for treatment.

They hope that by raising the money as quickly as possible they can persuade NHS Highland that Bute should be second in line for a community dialysis service behind Campbeltown, where a small satellite facility began operating in August.

The group’s secretary, Allan McFarlane, said: “There are other areas of Argyll who have eyes on a satellite unit and we want to make sure Bute is next in the queue.”

At present five Bute residents have to travel to Inverclyde Royal Hospital to receive life-saving dialysis treatment, though that number is expected to grow in the next few months.

For more information on the group and its fund-raising efforts, see www.butekidney.co.uk or call Allan on 01700 505456.