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The Department of Renal Medicine in the Regional Renal Centre is involved in the diagnosis and management of acute and chronic kidney disease.
We provide general nephrology, dialysis, transplant and chronic kidney disease clinics. We carry out work up for dialysis and transplants, and renal replacement treatment with all dialysis modalities for the Midland region
This is a regional service, covering the central North Island, with more than 400 patients on dialysis, including two large home based programmes of peritoneal dialysis and haemodialysis.
There are more than 180 patients with functioning transplants under regular follow up. This service has a dedicated renal inpatient ward with an attached acute dialysis unit. We work closely with colleagues in interventional radiology, vascular surgery and urology.
Who are we
- Five full-time consultants
- Four registrars
- Two house officers
- One charge nurse manager
- One nurse educator
- One nurse coordinator
- Two specialist pre-dialysis/access nurses
- Three transplant co-ordinators
- Five peritoneal dialysis specialist nurses
- Five home haemodialysis specialist nurses
- Over 45 incentre registered nurses
- Four healthcare assistants
- Renal dietitian team
- Renal social work team
- Three biomedical technicians
- Five clerical staff
- Twice weekly teaching ward rounds
- Weekly radiology meeting
- Weekly journal club
- Weekly renal teaching
- Biopsy reviews
- Interventional access procedures
The Regional Renal Centre covers all end stage renal failure and dialysis services for the Midland region. This incorporates Lakes, Bay of Plenty, Waikato and Tairawhiti DHBs.
We have a state of the art 30 bed incentre facility and a seven bed acute dialysis unit with around 90 patients requiring renal replacement therapy within the Waiora Waikato hospital campus. There are four satellite dialysis units based in Tauranga, Whakatane, Gisborne and Rotorua which are clinically responsible to the Renal Centre and there are 65 patients based at these units.
We have a central Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) Training Unit that covers all PD for the Midland region and there are currently 218 patients on the programme; this is one of the largest units in Australasia.
The home haemodialysis training unit has an eight station training unit and more than 90 patients at home on dialysis.
Predialysis and transplant services are also based at the Regional Renal Centre.
We have a sound six week nursing orientation programme that is well designed. We encourage staff to extend their education and promote post graduate studies along with good opportunities to attend conferences and inservices.
The new centre is an exciting and stimulating place to work with great staff and patients.
More information about the new Regional Renal Centre.