Nephrology

Nephrology is the diagnosis and management of kidney diseases and related functions.      

The kidneys play a vital role in the day-to-day functioning of your body. They are responsible for filtering waste out of the blood, removing fluids we drink and producing urine. The kidneys also regulate the hormones controlling blood pressure, red cell production and the absorption of calcium from the intestine.

We take a holistic approach to kidney care taking into account effects on your physical and emotional wellbeing. Your nephrologist works closely with you and in consultation with your general practitioner (GP) and a multidisciplinary team to coordinate your diagnosis and treatment.

Our nephrology services

Our nephrology services bring together an experienced team of caregivers to diagnose and treat kidney disease, as well as other conditions affecting the kidneys.

We offer evidence-based and patient-centred care. Our focus is always on your quality of life and independence, and we encourage you to be involved in the process of choosing the care that is right for you.

Our services include:

  • renal consultation and kidney biopsy
  • inpatient care for kidney disease
  • outpatient clinics
  • kidney transplants
  • clinical and laboratory research
  • patient education.

Our nephrologists are experienced in managing a range of conditions, including:

  • kidney and urine infections
  • acute kidney injury
  • chronic kidney disease
  • cancers of the kidney, bladder and urethra
  • urine abnormalities
  • renovascular diseases
  • kidney and bladder stones
  • autoimmune diseases
  • polycystic kidney diseases
  • hypertension
  • acid-base abnormalities
  • electrolyte abnormalities.

Referral

Your GP or specialist can refer you to our nephrology services.

Depending on your condition, you may be admitted to hospital or referred to one of our specialist outpatient clinics.

Benefits of our nephrology services

Our nephrology services can assist and benefit you in a number of ways:

  • diagnosis and treatment of your kidney condition, including less common conditions
  • a holistic approach to care including access to allied health professionals such as dietitians and psychologists
  • dialysis services including home dialysis
  • education about the management of chronic kidney disease, dialysis and transplants
  • a focus on improving your quality of life.

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