A former industrial and office building in a Farnborough business park could be turned into an NHS dialysis clinic for patients with kidney disease.

An application was submitted to Rushmoor Borough Council by Fresenius Medical Care Renal Services this month to change the use of a unit within Southwood Business Park, which has been vacant for almost four years.

The proposed unit will contain a renal dialysis facility, initiated by the Epsom and St Helier University Hospital NHS Trust (E&SHUHT), to provide improve out-patient dialysis treatment and increase the capacity of renal dialysis services in Farnborough.

People with kidney failure may require dialysis treatment up to three times per week and there is an existing renal haemodialysis unit at Farnham Community Hospital, however, this is currently operating at capacity with no opportunity to expand at the existing site and there is now a need for more facilities in the area.

The unit will require 24 new members of staff, including a clinic manager, deputy clinic manager, 15 nurses and four health care assistants as well as a receptionist and two full-time cleaners.

The site is accessed through Armstrong Mall, off Apollo Rise.

A report on the proposal from Fresenius Medical Care said: “The proposed renal unit would provide significant health benefits within the local community and in addition provide a number of new employment opportunities and also minimise travelling times for patients, hence, creating a more sustainable travel pattern, all in accordance with local planning policy.”

Members of the public will be able to comment on the plans up until March 12 and a decision is due to be made by the council’s development control committee by Monday April 14.