The UK gov here has been niggling away at renal (and just about everything else) for the past 10 years, reducing funding by a third , changing staff banding without consultation.
I've had trouble getting dialysis near my GF for the past years, we've finally moved in together, so I'm in the 'catchment area' to receive treatment and home heamo now.
I'm missing my mothers 80th birthday, quite deservedly my parents moved out of the big family house after I left to spend time in a more suitable property. However its now 4 hours away, and while I can travel down fairly easily, there's no dialysis slots nearby until next year. So yep, I'm gonna miss mum's 80th.
I'd love to see dialysis units added into housing developments (this actually happened in another London location I was looking at moving to)
This would surely ease up the strain of spaces, and allow for more freedom.
Unfortunately NXstage isn't a solution, as I've no way of transporting it (I've YET to find an NXstager thats travelled by British railways to reach their destination. And I don't have the support plan in place to do more frequent treatments, nor would I think my fistula cope with daily needling.
So here's a shout out to a ll the UK patients. Don't let the bastards grind you down!