Our Nephrology (kidney) surgery service provides elective, emergency and transplantation surgery for our patients and is the biggest in Victoria.

The kidney surgery team are dedicated surgeons with the active transplant program, performing donor and transplant operations, as well as other types of surgery for the renal unit. All donor surgery is performed as keyhole surgery which maximises the safety for the donor and has excellent results.

Our surgical transplant service is efficient and well organised and already we receive quite a few patients who come for a second opinion. In addition we provide emergency dialysis access surgery for other units within Melbourne.

Outreach clinics

We provide outreach clinics in Mildura, Launceston and Hobart to assess patients for either donor or transplant surgery and also for access surgery. In these clinics, patients are seen in joint consultations with a Nephrologist, the Transplant Nurses and the Renal Social Worker. This obviously saves many patients a lot of travel to Melbourne for assessment or re-assessment.

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.


Nephrology Surgery City Campus Outpatients, Level 1 South East TUE

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 an overnight (or longer) stay

If you come for an overnight (or longer stay), you should also bring:

  • A dressing gown and slippers, or comfortable day clothes and shoes
  • Your toiletries
  • Your iPad/tablet or smartphone, provided you are happy to take responsibility for it
For a clinic appointment

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

  • Your appointment letter
  • Any special items listed on your letter
  • Your appointment book
  • TAC or Workcover claim number
Do not bring (for overnight or longer stay)

And if you're staying overnight, do not bring:

  • Your handbag, wallet, purse or large amounts of cash. Just bring a small amount for items such as newspapers, magazines or coffee

  • Valuables, such as jewellery, watches or other items of value to you

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.