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Imperial College London Diabetes Centre offers travellers with chronic kidney disease access to dialysis in Abu Dhabi

Imperial College London Diabetes Centre offers travellers with chronic kidney disease access to dialysis in Abu Dhabi
16 May 2024 14:48

ABU DHABI (ALETIHAD)

Imperial College London Diabetes Centre (ICLDC), part of the M42 Group, has become the first centre in Abu Dhabi to partner with bookdialysis, the leading online booking engine for holiday dialysis patients. ICLDC now joins a coveted network of top-tier clinics in more than 50 countries listed on the free booking platform, offering global travellers with chronic kidney disease (CKD) peace of mind when traveling to the UAE.

Marking a key milestone in premium patient-centric care, ICLDC’s world-class dialysis services and personalised therapy options will be seamlessly integrated into bookdialysis’s user-friendly platform, effective immediately.

International travellers coming to the UAE can now access ICLDC’s hemodialysis and hemodiafiltration services online and book their required treatments in real time, at no cost to the user. Caregivers at ICLDC can also assist dialysis patients in booking holiday treatments through bookdialysis while travelling abroad, empowering them to take control of their own health.

For the past 18 years, ICLDC has been at the forefront of diabetes and CKD management. Renowned for its commitment to personalised care, ICLDC's team of specialists delivers tailored therapy options, resulting in significant improvements in patient health. ICLDC’s low-clearance kidney clinics demonstrate its dedication to meeting patients’ diverse needs, ensuring access to life-sustaining treatment for individuals with end-stage renal disease.

Dr Mai Al Jaber, Chief Executive Officer of ICLDC, said: “Imperial College London Diabetes Centre's partnership with bookdialysis epitomises our shared commitment to continually improve the quality of life for our patients. Approximately 10 per cent of the global population is affected by this disease, amounting to over 800 million people worldwide. By harnessing the transformative power of technology, we are redefining the dialysis travel experience, ensuring that patients who come to the UAE and Abu Dhabi receive unparalleled care and support regardless of where they come from. This collaboration opens up so many opportunities for individuals battling chronic kidney disease, promising enhanced quality of life and limitless options for exploration.”

Bookdialysis was established in 2017 and has since emerged as the leading online booking engine for holiday dialysis patients worldwide, and a trusted partner of kidney patient associations and the broader CKD community. With a network of more than 800 certified dialysis clinics globally and available in nine languages, the platform enables chronic patient mobility and treatment continuity through its innovative digital platform and integrated solutions.

Evgenia Kafousi, Operations Director for bookdialysis, said: “We are delighted to partner with M42’s Imperial College London Diabetes Centre to enable travellers in Abu Dhabi to receive world-class kidney care. Travel for dialysis patients can be complex, but with bookdialysis it doesn’t need to be that way. Together with M42 and Imperial College London Diabetes Centre, we are breaking down barriers to patient mobility, empowering individuals in Abu Dhabi and beyond to access world-class kidney care seamlessly.”

With more than 75 diabetes and endocrine consultants operating in the UAE, ICLDC has significantly impacted the health landscape of the nation. It has achieved remarkable patient outcomes, including a substantial reduction in HbA1c (glycated haemoglobin) levels from 9.5 per cent to 7.2 per cent over the past decade. To date, 57 per cent of ICLDC’s patients have an HbA1c result of less than seven per cent, outperforming the international benchmark of 38 per cent.

The announcement closely follows M42’s International Patient Services being announced as the first in the Middle East to receive Global Healthcare Accreditation Certification. M42's 91 per cent score signals outstanding patient care standards within the region, highlighting the UAE as a leading medical tourism destination.

The bookdialysis app is available for download via the App Store and Google Play.

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