KIDNEY patients who need regular dialysis can take charge of the treatment by having the equipment installed in their homes.
Health bosses are increasing the availability of home dialysis, which can save people regular visits to hospital and help them live more independently.
Mark Horton, 48, of Sandal is the 30th patient to be trained to undergo the treatment at home.
Mr Horton, who suffered renal failure four years ago, had to travel to Seacroft Hospital in Leeds, three days a week.
But now a spare bedroom at his home on St Clair Garth has been converted into a treatment room with home dialysis equipment plumbed in.
Mr Horton said: “Having the equipment at home has already made a big difference to me. Now I’m not tied to specific times I can choose when I have my dialysis and fit it around family commitments like babysitting my granddaughter. One day I got up at 3am to watch the World Cup and had my dialysis at the same time.”
Leeds Teaching Hospitals, which runs dialysis services in the district, said new technology meant the equipment had become easier to use in the home.
Home haemodialysis sister Dianne Dixon said patients must meet certain criteria to qualify for home treatment.
She said: “Not every patient by any means is suitable for home dialysis but for those who can benefit it allows them a much greater degree of independence and self-sufficiency, with the back-up of hospital support when they need it.”