Dialysis

Dialysis is a form of treatment that replicates many of the kidney’s functions.

Dialysis filters your blood to rid your body of harmful waste, extra salt, and water. Here you will find more information about the dialysis we can offer, including haemodialysis and peritoneal. We can also help you to organise dialysis sessions while on holiday. 

Haemodialysis

Run by consultants and teams of nurses, the haemodialysis service department looks after renal patients who have elected for haemodialysis treatment.

The renal unit at St Helier Hospital provides haemodialysis therapy to hundreds of patients on nine main sites, including St Helier Hospital, as well as at home. Some of these sites are directly managed by the Trust, others are commissioned to private partners.

Whichever unit you attend, you will be looked after by trained nurses and support staff and will be regularly monitored by a nephrologist who reviews the adequacy of your dialysis. 

Your nutritional status is assessed by renal dieticians. Input from a renal pharmacologist and councillor is available to patients at our renal centres and satellite units.

St Helier Hospital is the centre unit for the haemodialysis service. Patients usually start on the programme at St Helier Hospital until they are established and stable on dialysis. Once this has been achieved patients are usually transferred to a satellite unit nearest to where they live.

The standard dialysis regime is for four hours, three times a week.

Supported by our own team of technical staff, the units have a rigorous maintenance routine for all equipment and regularly update the haemodialysis machines to ensure patients are using the most up-to-date facilities.

Patients will commence haemodialysis following consultation with their nephrologist and other support staff to determine the best method for them. 

We also provide support for haemodialysis patients taking a holiday away from their normal residence.

Haemodialysis - a guide for patients

As part of the Trust's commitment to provide a high level of care to people as close to their homes as possible, we work closely with Fresenius Medical Care to provide satellite dialysis units across the region. This document, which has been provided by Fresenius, is an information guide about those unit:Haemodialysis - patient guide [pdf] 9MB.

Holiday dialysis

We offer temporary dialysis away from the patient's home unit. The service has developed numerous overseas links and can support patients wishing to travel further afield.

GP referrals are not required. Holiday / temporary dialysis arrangements can be made directly with the holiday co-ordinator by the patient, their representative or their home dialysis unit.

Please provide us with at least six weeks’ notice to ensure we have sufficient time to secure a dialysis slot in the away unit and to complete all the necessary paperwork and tests required.

If you wish to identify an away unit and provisionally agree slots directly with them prior to contacting the St Helier holiday dialysis co-ordinator, please do feel free to do this but remember we still need at least six weeks to prepare.

Note: the above is subject to change so please liaise closely with your unit when thinking about arranging dialysis away from home. Please contact Lindsey Blazey, Holiday Dialysis Co-ordinator
on 020 8296 3454.

Peritoneal dialysis

Peritoneal dialysis (PD) clinics are a service for patients who have started the life-long treatment of renal replacement therapy.

The adequacy of peritoneal dialysis is measured regularly. It is first checked after 6-8 weeks of starting the treatment and then every six months. Stable patients are generally reviewed in the clinic every three months, but there is also a 24-hour telephone advice available on 020 8296 2494.

It is often possible to treat PD related peritonitis on an outpatient basis. Patients with more severe infection or those who are unable to carry out the treatment at home are admitted to the renal ward.

Our programme of assisted PD was the first of its kind in the UK to be provided in a non-trial setting, and is one of the largest programmes in the country. On the basis of its success we have applied for a health and social care award.

We have a dedicated in-house PD training programme available to all nurses on the renal unit.

Patients will commence peritoneal dialysis following consultation with their nephrologist and other support staff to determine the best method for them.

We also provide support for PD patients taking a holiday away from their normal residence.

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