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(Renal medicine can also be referred to or called Nephrology or Kidney disease)

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Services in your hospitals:

Outpatient clinics – There are clinics at Worcestershire Royal Hospital, Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, Kidderminster Hospital, Evesham Community Hospital. There are specialist renal nurse clinics for renal anaemia treatment, counselling and preparation for treatments for end-stage kidney disease, and Hepatitis B vaccination. Specialist renal dietician input is available to the renal clinics.

Inpatient care –  The renal inpatient ward is Aconbury 3 in Worcestershire Royal Hospital (matron: Vikki Aston). Elective admissions for kidney biopsies also come to Aconbury 3. The renal team provide an outreach service to patients in other departments of Worcestershire Royal Hospital as well as the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch.

Local team – Renal Consultants (Dr Sarah Abbas, Dr Martin Ferring, Dr Thelma Mushambi, Dr Weng Oh, Dr Hana Seetho, Dr Taimoor Shafiq); renal specialist nurses (Racheal Hariman-Smith, Lorraine Ntozo Nkomonde, Rosey Devasia); specialist renal dietician (Andrew Morris); renal ward pharmacist (Lindsay Stewart; renal secretaries (Sarah Hancock and Megan Hodgkinson; manager Sally Hunter.

Vascular Access (AV fistula for dialysis): Arteriovenous fistulae are needed for haemodialysis treatment and are created by surgery (usually day-case). This service is provided by the Vascular Department, led by Mr Julien Al-Shakarchi, with close links to the renal department.  

Kidderminster Haemodialysis Unit – Renal matron; Renal Consultant Dr Shiva Kumar (Russell’s Hall Hospital, Dudley). More information can be found here: /services/item/renal-dialysis-unit-2

Palliative Care – This is provided in collaboration with St Richard’s Hospice, to support people with kidney failure who are not well enough for dialysis or a kidney transplant. More information can be found on:

Dialysis and Transplantation treatments are not available in Worcestershire Acute Hospitals. However, these services are accessible for Worcestershire patients via regional providers with whom we keep strong links (Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Russel’s Hall Hospital Dudley); please see in more detail below.