There are presently some 220 patients in Malta who suffer from kidney problems and who receive regular haemodialysis treatment at Mater Dei Hospital. Haemodialysis machines need purified water in order to function. For this reason, a Reverse Osmosis plant at the Renal unit purifies the water.
During a visit to the Renal Unit, Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Chris Fearne explained that “some 200 litres of purified water are used for every haemodialysis cycle. And when one considers that some 500 cycles are carried out every week, the amount used every week is high.”
Besides the Reverse Osmosis plant, an investment has been made in recent months on machines which purify potable water which can be used in other wards where haemodialysis is also carried out, including the Intensive Care Unit and the Oncology Centre.
A major investment has been made in the Renal Unit in recent years, with all haemodialysis machines having been replaced by more efficient models which are less stressful for patients. This change has been the result of a five million euro investment.