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Renal Ward

Renal unit, level 4, Royal Derby Hospital 
(best entrance - entrance 9)

Renal services offers treatment for people with all forms of kidney disease. The service ranges from caring for patients with advanced kidney disease, including dialysis, transplantation and palliative end of life care.

We are based at Royal Derby Hospital with a 22-bedded inpatient area (including a four bedded renal high dependency area and another four bedded medical high dependency unit) and a 56-station chronic haemodialysis unit. 

The renal team is a multidisciplinary team comprising  doctors, specialist nurses, dieticians, renal pharmacist, physiotherapists and occupational therapists supported by dedicated secretarial and administrative staff.

The unit serves a population of about 700,000, providing both acute and chronic renal failure support. 80% of patients are from Southern Derbyshire, but parts of South Staffordshire (Burton), North Derbyshire and North West 

Leicestershire are also served by the unit. 

There are currently 220 patients on unit-based haemodialysis, 34 patients on home haemodialysis and 100 patients on peritoneal dialysis. 

The department carries out between 150-200 renal biopsies per year, and place 150-200 catheters (tunnelled haemodialysis or CAPD) under X-ray guidance.

There are ample opportunities for involvement in medical education and clinical research. There are currently six research registrars in post, access to research nurses and one research dietician. Research interests include acute kidney injury, renovascular disease, cardiovascular disease in kidney patients, dialysis stability and adequacy, and progression of renal disease.

We undertake an active role in the education of both undergraduates from the Nottingham medical school and Derby graduate entry medical school and therefore you may encounter students at your consultation.

The outpatient area is based in the renal unit and offer various specialist clinics for patients with kidney disease.

Low clearance clinic – a multidisciplinary clinic for patients with declining renal function, held on Monday.

General nephrology & specialist clinic – for patients with nephrotic and nephritic syndromes, hereditary kidney diseases, vasculitis and renovascular diseases, held three times a week.

Transplant clinic – held on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Vascular access clinic – joint clinic with a vascular access surgeon and dialysis matron, held on Tuesdays.

Haemodialysis clinic – for maintenance dialysis patients, held twice weekly.

Community dialysis clinic – for patients on peritoneal and home haemodialysis, held on Fridays.

Anaemia and iron clinic – run by anaemia nurses twice weekly.

Please arrive 10 minutes before you appointment time to allow for:

For first consultation appointments please bring:

  • a urine sample (or provide one on arrival)
  • any blood pressure or blood sugar records

  • Current medication information, bring one of the following:

    • a list

    • a current prescription

    • the boxes for the medications 

Please arrive 10 minutes before you appointment time to allow for:

  • receptionist to check personal details

  • to provide a urine test if necessary

  • to check your weight