The RMH Kidney Care service is a comprehensive Autsralian and State-Wide renal service providing care and support for all aspects of care for acute and chronic kidney disease, dialysis and transplant services.

We specialize in disease affecting the kidney, although we play a central role in supporting other units which have a high number of patients with other diseases, which may cause acute and chronic kidney injury.

Acute and Chronic Renal disease

We have nationally and internationally recognised experts in the treatment of kidney disease.We have a special interest in transplantat renal medicine and surgery, metabolic renal disease, hypertensive renal failure, vasculitis and lupus, home dialysis therapy, mineral and bone disease, inflammation, genetic renal disease ( especially Fabry, Polycystic kidney disease and Tuberous Sclerosis), complement disease, cancer-related renal failure, and diabetic renal disease.

Transplantation

  • The second largest transplant service in Australia
  • Hosts the National Paired Kidney Exchange Program (AKX)
  • World leader in pioneering ABO blood group incompatible transplantation
  • New approaches and technologies in the treatment of highly sensitized patients and renowned for accepting immunologically and technically challenging renal transplantation
  • Consistently excellent outcomes and survival rates
  • Sophisticated transplant service providing cutting edge techniques for Victoria and Tasmania as well as for difficult cases referred from other units

Dialysis

  • One of the largest home training centres proving support for both home haemodialysis (HHD) and all types of peritoneal dialysis (PD)
  • A world leader in PD and home dialysis
  • Supporting the largest number of satellite HD units in Victoria
  • Comprehensive and experienced dialysis service providing support for many rural centres
  • Research and Teaching
  • Strong commitment to improvement through research and innovation
  • Major Australian and International centre for conducting clinical trials
  • Quaternary renal disease management, such as Fabry disease, diabetic renal disease, renal pathology, tuberous sclerosis.
  • Excellent record and future in basic and translational research and teaching
  • Major contributor to global and national bodies
  • Widely based, well-funded and well published research record

Clinical supports

  • Renal symptom control program
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Dialysis technical services
  • Well developed IT infrastructure
  • Key performance indicators

Privacy

Your medical history, treatment and any information provided to the hospital are treated with the utmost confidentially. We cannot use or pass on your information about you to anyone unless you agree, or unless it is required by law.
In accordance with legislation, The Royal Melbourne Hospital may however use and disclose information contained in patient medical records to any of its staff members or health services for the purpose of providing treatment to patients for their current or any future related health conditions.

Patient information may also be divulged in circumstances required by law (for example, court proceedings) and by Government (for example, to monitor certain diseases in the community).

Limited information on dialysis and transplant patients is provided to the ANZDATA registry and the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for the purpose of monitoring public health. DHHS may use such de-identified information for example to better plan appropriate health care delivery and for quality assurance purposes.

This circular on privacy information is specific to Royal Melbourne Hospital Nephrology / Kidney Care Services and should be read in conjunction with the Melbourne Health Privacy Policy.

How to access this service

You need a referral from your GP or medical practitioner to access this service.

Your GP will fax your referral to the hospital. Once we receive the referral, we will send you a letter.

If there is a waiting list, you'll be advised what to do in your letter.

Referrals are current for 12 months from the date of issue, unless it is specified as "indefinite". Keep a copy of your referral, so you can easily ask your GP to renew your referral if you need to.

Clinics

Dialysis City Campus Outpatients, Level 1 South East THU
Home Dialysis City Campus 2 West WED
Nephrology City Campus Outpatients, Level 1 South East TUE
Nephrology City Campus Outpatients, Level 1 South East MON
Nephrology City Campus Outpatients, Level 1 South East FRI
Nephrology City Campus Outpatients, Level 1 South East WED
Nephrology Dermatology City Campus Outpatients, Level 1 South
Nephrology Telehealth City Campus Renal Reception, Level 1 Centre WED
Young Persons Renal Transition Clinic City Campus 1 South East Infill

What to bring

Every time you come to hospital

Every time you come to hospital for a test, day procedure, surgery or treatment, you should bring:

  • Medicare card
  • Health Care card (if you have one)
  • Concession card (if you have one)
  • Adverse drug alert card (if you have one)
  • Medications you are currently taking, including any that you have bought without a prescription
  • X-ray films, scans, ultrasounds or any other test results you have which are related to your procedure
  • Private health insurance card (if you want to use it)
  • Aids (glasses, hearing aid, walking frame)
For a day procedure

If you come for a day procedure, you should also bring:

  • A responsible adult carer to stay with you to hear instructions, help you and take you home
  • Dressing gown and slippers
For a clinic appointment

If you come for a clinic appointment, you should also bring:

  • Your appointment book
  • Your letter
  • Any special items listed on your letter
  • TAC or Workcover claim number
For dialysis

If you are coming in for dialysis:

  • Wear something comfortable
  • You may feel cold during the treatment, so bring warm socks, a sweatshirt or jumper
  • If you have a graft or fistula in your arm, make sure your sleeves are loose enough to roll up
  • If you have a catheter in your chest, be sure to wear a shirt that opens in the front
  • Bring something to do - a book, magazine or iPad/tablet with headphones
Do you have diabetes?

If you have diabetes, you should also bring:

  • Your blood glucose meter
  • Your blood glucose diary/record book
  • Your favourite hypo food
  • A friend or relative

In a medical emergency, call 000. If you are feeling unwell, see your local GP or go to your local hospital Emergency department for help.