The TDHB Renal Unit (RU) was established in October 2001 and provides diagnostic and therapeutic services, both acute and chronic to people in Taranaki.
- Haemodialysis (HD), both in-centre and Home Haemodialysis (HHD)
- Peritoneal Dialysis (PD)
- Management of kidney transplant patients, from one month post transplant.
- Management of patients suffering the later stages of chronic kidney disease (CKD stage 4)
- Pre-dialysis education in preparation for different modes of dialysis
Taranaki Kidney Support Group - Here to help
- Our mission: To provide Information, Education and Support for all persons affected by Kidney Disease in the Taranaki area.
- Practical Information and emotional support at home or by phone, mail or on Facebook.
- Free newsletter.
- Regular support group meetings and activities, putting people in touch with others in similar situations.
- All these services are free.
All GP referrals or those from other specialities are seen in our general medical clinics.
In patients with acute renal failure are reviewed by our on-site nephrologists.
Out of hours dialysis can be provided in the Intensive Care Unit.
Haemodialysis is a procedure that involves removing blood from the body, passing it through a filter and returning it to the body. This typically takes 4 to 5 hours and patients are closely monitored during the treatment. Currently there is a morning and afternoon shifts on Monday,Wednesday and Friday, and a morning shift only on Tuesday,Thursday,& Saturday.
Home Haemodialysis is performed by the patient in their home and is the treatment of choice for those who are unable to do Peritoneal Dialysis. A dedicated HHD training service was established in 2010. A monthly clinic is held for these patients.
Peritoneal dialysis is a home based therapy where fluid is introduced into the patients abdomen via a tube which is surgically inserted. The fluid is allowed to "dwell" for 4 to 6 hours and is then drained out and the procedure is repeated 4 to 6 times a day. This form of PD is called Continuous Ambulatory (CAPD). Automated PD (APD) is also available for suitable patients. In this case a machine is used to perform the treatment during the night. PD patients are seen by Dr Hayat in a monthly clinic.
Transplant patients return to Taranaki after a period of time in the hospital that performs the transplant, usually Auckland. These patients are then closely monitored by the RU staff. A monthly transplant clinic is provided by Dr Hayat.
Chronic Kidney Disease and pre-dialysis patients are monitored by Dr Williams and our Pre-Dialysis Specialist Nurse in a specialist clinic twice a month. Patients are being prepared for dialysis and well educated about the different modalities for renal replacement therapy. Normally at this stage, we also support abnormalities in there bone health and low haemoglobin levels (anaemia) which is more prominent as your kidneys start to fail towards end-stage renal failure. We aim to get all patients on a form of home-base therapy (CAPD or Home HD).
The Renal Unit is located on the ground floor of the Base hospital, straight ahead from the main entrance.
Mon, Wed, Fri - 6.30am to 7.00pm
Tue, Thur, Sat - 6.30am to 3.00pm
Mon to Fri - 8.00am to 4.30
On-call service during weekends and public holidays only.
The RU team consists of two consultant Nephrologists, Dr Allister Williams and Dr Ashik Hayat, a team of specialist nurses and various allied health professionals.
Phone 06 753 8631
Fax 06 753 8630
The Taranaki Kidney Support Group
Address for correspondence:
Taranaki Kidney Support Group
67 Princess Street
Friday, March 31, 2017