Renal dialysis

Renal dialysis is a treatment that helps your kidneys continue to function when they have stopped working properly. It removes salt and waste from your body, maintains a safe level of chemicals in your blood and keeps your blood pressure in check.

Some people need renal dialysis for a short time, until their kidneys return to good health. Others need dialysis for end-stage kidney failure and usually need to continue treatment for the rest of their lives. In some cases, a kidney transplant may be an option, which can overcome the need for dialysis.

Our renal dialysis services

We provide Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy (CRRT), which is a type of haemodialysis which treats kidney failure by pumping blood from your bloodstream into a machine (dialyser) that filters waste and excess water, then pumps the filtered blood back into your bloodstream.

CRRT may be used if you have acute renal failure and need treatment and ongoing monitoring in our Intensive Care Unit (ICU). CRRT is done continuously, 24 hours a day until you no longer require treatment.

You will receive CRRT via a vascular access, which is a surgically created vein used to remove and return blood during haemodialysis, allowing large amount of blood to be treated.

Specialist doctors (intensivists) and highly skilled nurses will provided your CRRT care in our ICU.

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