Meet the Team
Tom is a Plumbing & Heating engineer by trade and a specialist in filtration, water management and commercial installs and design.
Tom has also trained in dialysis and is able to offer first hand experience in giving dialysis care at home and on ward.
Sam was with the company from the beginning and completed his apprenticeship with us - He has gone from strength to strength and knows the importance of dialysis and the management of this to get it right every time.
Celeste has a strong background in finance carries extensive years in office management. She has also been a dialysis patient herself before getting her transplant.
Business Development Manager
Dayna started with the company recently and loves her role, she is capable of keeping our clients happy whilst showing our new clients what they are missing and how much they are spending over the top
Quality & Testing Manager
Derek has a 25 year back ground in FM hard and soft and is a massive asset to Dialytic UK - He makes sure the items are the best they can be for our commercial and domestic clients whilst making sure all items are tested and leave in top condition.
Business Development Assistant
Leah is new to the team and has been bought in to assist Dayna and learn as much as she can about the products and the patients - Leah is also excellent with regards to social media and photography.
As a company our aim is simple - we want to be the main nationwide contractor because we know we offer a service like no other. Our reason for this is we have lived it, learnt it, built it, managed it, promoted it and are now fitting it.
Dialytic's UK service can not be matched easily and we are so focused on getting patients home who are safe and stable on dialysis to give the patient the best quality of life so that dialysis doesn't feel like 'a job'.
Agreed no matter what, Dialysis is always going to be an unwelcome and unfair interruption in your life.
But know this you can dialyse in the comfort of your own home, in the hours that you want in a room of your choice (if possible), you have experts in this field to talk you through the process and make sure your home is totally suitable for you going home whilst you have professionals within the hospital making sure you are getting the best support care possible.
Dialytic's are also so well priced we offer more within our service than any other company around and often come out significantly cheaper making our service unquestionable and also making us your perfect partner to go forward with.
What is haemodialysis?
As a patient approaching kidney failure who will require some form of artificial kidney treatment, it is important that you are gradually introduced to the concept of dialysis. This will be a major change in your life. Unfortunately, all too often patients who are diagnosed with kidney failure require urgent or emergency dialysis, before they have had an opportunity to learn about dialysis itself and the different methods of treatment available.
All patients, and ideally their close relatives, should be informed about the choice of treatment of either haemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis (chronic intermittent haemodialysis; CAPD – continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis; or APD – automated peritoneal dialysis). You should also be told about the advantages and disadvantages of these treatments for each individual, and about the possibility of potential transplantation – cadaveric, live related or non-related donor.
We as a company worth with trust around the country to bring patients home to 'self care' to fit dialysis around you rather than to fit your life around dialysis.
We have first hand experience in this Our Story and how we became involved in Renal plumbing & filtration.
What is a fistula?
An alternative and more permanent means of access to your circulation is by means of a fistula (Figures 1a and 1b). In general, flow through the superficial veins of the body is somewhat slow and low in volume yet, for dialysis, at least 200l of blood needs to be removed every minute for treatment. To achieve this a fistula is constructed. A fistula is an artificially formed link between an artery and a vein. As a vein is exposed to the higher pressure from the artery, the walls of the vein become thicken and more prominent and thus more capable of withstanding repeated puncture by needles.
How is a fistula created?
The fistula is usually placed at the wrist or inner part of the elbow depending on the size of the blood vessels in the non-dominant arm (i.e. left if you are right handed) so that when dialysis is undertaken you have the ability to perform other activities.
The construction of the fistula is undertaken in the operating theatre, usually under local anesthetic. However, there are occasions when you may require a general anaesthetic. After the fistula has been constructed it begins to mature. This usually takes between six to eight weeks depending on the initial size of the blood vessels. Even before the fistula becomes usable, the rush of blood through its new path can be felt. This sensation is called a ‘thrill’. It is a ripping or buzzing sensation that is felt when the soft pads of the fingers are placed over the skin. The fistula should be felt daily and if there is no thrill you should immediately contact the renal unit.
How does it work?
The fistula is used for haemodialysis by placing two needles in different places. Needling of the fistula may be painful. To lessen the discomfort, local anaesthetic is use to numb the area where the dialysis needles are inserted. Most describe the sensation of the local anaesthetic inserted with a fine needle as a ‘stinging’ or ‘burning’ sensation which lasts only a couple of seconds. After that it usually does not hurt at all. If you have a severe needle phobia an anaesthetic ointment can be placed over the fistula needle site a few hours before treatment to help alleviate some of the fear and pain.
Following insertion of the needles, special tubing is attached, which is then connected to the artificial kidney. Blood flows out of the fistula through one needle to the artificial kidney and then back to the fistula through another tube and needle.
You need to sit or lie down while you are attached to the machine for treatment, but you may read, sleep or watch television as you wish. During dialysis there is no abnormal sensation. Many patients ask whether they will be aware of the blood outside the body but the answer is “no” – the amount of blood in the artificial kidney and tubing is minimal.
How do take care of my fistula
There are important guidelines you must follow:
Do not allow your blood pressure to be measured on your fistula arm
Do not allow blood to be drawn or a drip installed in the fistula arm
Do not wear a watch or tight clothing with elastic or restrictive bands on the fistula arm
Do not sleep on top of the fistula arm
Be careful when using any sharp object or equipment
With proper care and attention a fistula can last for many years and is one of the safest forms of access.
Source Kidney research uk