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.