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Renal Medicine

The Renal Department is based at Heartlands Hospital and provides a full range of renal services including hospital haemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and care for transplant recipients. Satellite renal units have been created to serve patients who live in the surrounding area, including Castle Vale, Balsall Heath, Solihull, Lichfield and Sutton Coldfield.

There is also a large home haemodialysis programme. We currently dialyse nearly 400 people with end stage renal failure and follow up 150 transplant recipients. These numbers are increasing by 10% each year. The unit also provides a general nephrology service for the investigation and treatment of renal disease. Nephrology is the branch of internal medicine that deals with kidney diseases. We also provide a full range of treatments for people with acute recoverable renal failure.

There are 160 other staff that cover nursing, dietetics, technical, clerical, administration and social work. The unit is dedicated to patient-centred care and offers a free choice of dialysis modality for all patients. We have an active research programme and publish articles regularly in the medical literature. The centre also has many development plans for the future which will help improve health, care and lifestyles for patients and their families.

For further information please contact the renal secretaries on 0121 424 2156.

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