RENAL UNIT PAPHOS
NEW RENAL UNIT OPENS IN PAPHOS
Meet Dr Antonios Economides
General Surgeon, Urologist & President of the Board of Directors – St. George and Blue Cross Private Hospitals Paphos
Renal Unit Paphos – A new Renal Unit will open at St.George’s Private Hospital in Paphos on Monday 14th September. The unit will contain twelve dialysis machines for patients with kidney problems. In previous articles, we spoke to Dr Constantinos Andreou (leading cardiologist) and, more recently, Dr Tassos Georgiou (one of the top eye surgeons in Cyprus), who both work out of St. George & Blue Cross Private Hospitals. In this interview, we catch up with General Surgeon, Urologist and President of the Board of Directors, Dr Antonios Economides.
Dr Economides started his medical career at the University of Athens. He then relocated to the UK in 1974 where he continued his training in General Surgery in Birmingham. After finishing his training, he continued his studies in Urology. In Birmingham, he was a Resident Surgical Officer and was the only doctor who was allowed to have two specialities in both General Surgery and Urology. After a lifelong dedication to helping kidney patients, we spoke to Dr Economides to find out more about the new Renal Unit in Paphos and what it means to him.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO LAUNCH A NEW RENAL UNIT IN PAPHOS?
It is very exciting to be opening the new Renal Unit at St. George’s Hospital in Paphos. The need for a suitable kidney unit in Paphos has existed for years. We are pleased to be investing in and opening this facility, which will improve the lives of our patients. We first thought of the idea around ten years ago, but due to a lack of space, it has taken a while to come to fruition. Our main aim is to help the kidney patients in Paphos.
Over the years, as medical treatments have improved, our patients are living longer, which in turn, means there is a higher number of patients needing dialysis. Every year, we are seeing more and more patients coming to us with kidney problems, including diabetics. While it is excellent news that we can treat their symptoms, it has led to an increased demand for dialysis.
HOW MANY DIALYSIS UNITS WILL THERE BE AT THE RENAL UNIT?
It has been a large project for myself and my team to manage at the hospital. We have invested over a million euros to open this new facility at St. George’s Private Hospital. We have twelve dialysis units and one isolation unit, which will be for patients with infectious diseases such as Hepatitis or Aids. The whole unit has been built in accordance with EU guidelines to offer the highest level of comfort, safety and care. Patients will have the option of either lying down on a bed or sitting in a reclining chair while they have their dialysis. We want to make them as comfortable as possible during their stay here, which can last from 3-4 hours. There will be TVs and free WIFI to pass the time for the patients.
TELL US ABOUT THE MEDICAL TEAM WHO WILL BE WORKING THE RENAL UNIT.
We are fortunate to have two doctors who will run the renal unit and they will be supported by a team of eight specialist nurses who will look after the patients. The doctors, Dr Pavlos Georgiou and Dr Evridiki Stylianou, will have their main offices based on the unit. Dr Georgiou has over ten years’ experience in this field.
In the past, I have worked with the renal unit at the General Hospital here in Paphos. I have the utmost respect for their team who work very hard and are very successful, despite the challenging conditions. We all share the same end goal, which is to help kidney patients in Paphos. Our new unit at St. George’s Private Hospital is to complement their services and help us to work together. Anything we can do to make a patient’s life easier has got to be a good thing. We know from our experience that this renal unit in Paphos is much needed.
TELL US MORE ABOUT THE DIALYSIS EQUIPMENT YOU HAVE INVESTED IN.
We have invested heavily in the relevant medical equipment to offer the best machines for dialysis. All our equipment comes from the world’s largest provider of dialysis products and services called Fresenius, based in Germany. They have their own dialysis centres where they treat over one million patients with their machines. We have also invested in a more extensive filtration system than we currently need, so that we can expand the number of dialysis units at a later stage.
WHAT ABOUT TRANSPORT AND PARKING FOR KIDNEY PATIENTS?
When people are sick, they have enough to deal with, so we have tried to think of everything to make a patient’s dialysis experience easier. We have bought two vehicles with wheelchair access to transport the patients to and from their appointments at the hospital for a minimal cost. For any dialysis patients who wish to make their own way to the hospital, we have arranged priority parking across the road from the front door of the hospital.
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO SPECIALISE IN UROLOGY?
I have been interested in kidneys for a very long time. I have also been involved and was a Past President of the Paphos Kidney Association. The Association fundraises for the much-needed equipment required to support the patients. Patients who rely on dialysis and need support, should always get it. Anything we can do to make that easier, we will do. At both St. George’s & Blue Cross Private Hospitals in Paphos, we firmly believe that the constant reinvestment in the latest medical technology, is in the long-term best interests of our patients.
St. George’s & Blue Cross are positioned with the most recommended Private Hospitals in Paphos. Their combined experience, expertise and resources, together with their state of- the-art medical equipment means they can offer the highest standards of medical care in Paphos. For more information or to book an appointment with Dr Antonios Economides of the new renal unit in Paphos, visit BlueCross.com.cy or call 26 221 111.
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Published by Cyprus in Style September 2020 – #InStyleBusinessNetwork