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Renal Medicine

(also called Nephrology or Kidney disease)

About us

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: www.worcsacute.nhs.uk/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: https://www.strichards.org.uk/

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.

How to contact us

How to contact us

Questions about your kidney condition or treatment:

For a specific question relating to your kidney condition, or your clinic visit or your recent hospital stay, please contact the renal secretaries on tel: 01905 733239 or 01905 733494

If you are acutely unwell, please seek urgent medical attention via your GP surgery or through the hospital A&E. You can also call 111 if in doubt, or 999 for a life-threatening emergency

Postal address:

Renal secretaries,
Sky Level Medicine,
Worcestershire Royal Hospital,
Charles Hastings Way,
Worcester,
WR5 1DD.

Useful Information

Useful Information

Patient Information

We provide some written information for patients, such as: treatment options for kidney failure, discharge after kidney biopsy, Tolvaptan treatment information etc.

You can ask for us to print you the leaflet when you come to clinic.

Information for GPs

Renal medicine information can be accessed via our Key Documents webpage

Useful Links

Useful Links

Patient information leaflets for various kidney conditions and treatments can be found under and downloaded from:

High blood pressure and blood pressure monitors: https://bihsoc.org/

Information on Kidneys, Dialysis and Transplantation: www.kidneyresearchuk.org/health-information/resources

Patient support, including benefits and grants: www.kidneycareuk.org/

General information and links: www.thinkkidneys.nhs.uk/aki/information-for-the-public/

Dialysis and Transplantation in Worcestershire

Dialysis and Transplantation in Worcestershire

Dialysis and Transplantation are treatments that keep people well and healthy when the kidneys fail.

These treatments are provided by the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and Russell’s Hall Hospital Dudley. Please contact those directly for more information.

QEH, renal department: https://www.nhs.uk/Services/hospitals/Services/Service/DefaultView.aspx?id=104292

Redditch dialysis unit: www.diaverum.com/en-GB/Diaverum-UK/diaverum-in-redditch11/2016/2/Details-about-our-new-Redditch-Kidney-Treatment-Centre/

Worcester dialysis unit: www.freseniusmedicalcare.co.uk/patient-and-carers/where-we-care-for-you/#

RHH, renal department: http://dudleygroup.nhs.uk/services-and-wards/renal/

Kidderminster Haemodialysis Unit  https://www.worcsacute.nhs.uk/services/item/renal-dialysis-unit-2

Your suggestions

Your suggestions

Our aim is to provide a patient-centred service within the framework we work in. So we are interested to hear from you if you think there are ways our system and services can be improved.

If you'd like to make a suggestion, we would be grateful if you could drop us a brief description of your experience, and describe what you feel could be done differently.  

Please send it to:

FAO Renal Consultant,
Renal secretaries,
Sky Level Medicine,
Worcestershire Royal Hospital,
WR5 1DD

(Please note this is not the right place for submitting a complaint. If you wish to make a complaint, please go to PALS: https://www.worcsacute.nhs.uk/contact-us/comments-compliments-and-complaints/complaints)