The Bay of Plenty' DHB's renal service is part of the Midland
Regional Renal Unit.
Renal services provided include dialysis from two satellite
dialysis units based at Tauranga and Whakatane Hospitals and a
central Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) Training Unit based at Waikato
Home Haemodialysis training is done for patients using home
dialysis. Pre-Dialysis and Transplant Services are also based
at the Renal Unit.
Information regarding the waiting times for our Renal service
can be obtained by selecting this link Waiting Times.
What is renal disease?
Renal or kidney disease is when your kidneys fail to function
normally. Kidney disease is often related to diabetes (link to
diabetes page) but it can also be found in people who:
- Are of Maori and Pacific heritage
- Are over the age of 50
- Have high blood pressure
- Have family history of kidney disease
- Renal Failure
End stage renal disease (ESRD) is when nearly all kidney
function is lost. The patient will probably need to meet with a
specialist to discuss treatment options such as dialysis.
There are two types of dialysis, Haemodialysis and Peritoneal
Haemodialysis is when your blood is filtered by a machine. The
blood is pumped out and then returned, cleansed, to your body.
Peritoneal dialysis is when a sugar-based (PD) fluid is put into
your abdominal cavity through a tube so your waste products can
diffuse into it, after which it is removed.
At Bay of Plenty DHB there are several options for having
dialysis treatment depending on factors such as whether you have
early or chronic kidney failure, or are able to self-manage your
dialysis. The specialist will meet with you and if necessary refer
you to a pre-dialysis nurse who will discuss with you the most
appropriate way to treat your kidney disease.
Home Dialysis Service
Patients who are trained to independently have haemodialysis at
home are supported by the renal nurses, doctors and technical
For patients in the early stages of renal failure, pre-dialysis
nurses give support and education to patients in their homes and
refer them to a dietician and the renal social worker to promote
BOPDHB's nephrology service provides consultant clinics to
patients with kidney problems.
Pre and Post-Transplant Care
Patients will have their kidney transplant at Waikato Hospital
but receive pre and post-transplant care out of Bay of Plenty
District Health Board, mainly through community clinics.
Kidney transplant is another treatment option. A kidney could be
donated either by a living donor or be cadaveric (a kidney from
someone who has died).
The New Zealand Kidney Foundation website has more
information about organ donation, transplantation, kidney disease
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