The nephrology team at Walsall Manor Hospital strive to provide the very best kidney care service to people in the region, bringing their specialist nephrology care closer to home.
The service is led by two consultant nephrologists, and is supported by four visiting consultants and specialist nurses from the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust.
The renal team provides specialist care at Walsall Manor Hospital on Ward 15 and inpatient locations. The team has two full-time consultants and an Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) nurse. It is also supported by specialist nurses, renal dietitians and the diabetes team for patients with diabetic kidney disease.
Renal replacement therapy and dialysis
The Dialysis Outpatient Unit is managed by the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust together with a consultant based at Walsall Manor Hospital. The Walsall Dialysis Unit is run by Diaverum UK Ltd. and is situated at Green Lane, Walsall. It has a capacity of around 128 patients and there is a usually a waiting list. A larger dialysis unit is located in Wolverhampton.
Peritoneal dialysis and related clinics are held at New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton.
Currently, the renal replacement Therapy (RRT) modality offered to critically ill inpatients within our Intensive Care Unit is haemofiltration.
Renal Transplantation is performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and long-term follow up appointments also take place there, or at New Cross Hospital depending on patient choice.
The service operates the following outpatient clinics, located on hospital routes 004 and 107:
Monday afternoon – Nephrology clinic and Low Clearance MDT clinic
Tuesday morning (Alternate weeks) – Diabetic Nephropathy and Hypertension Clinic
Wednesday morning (Alternate weeks) – ‘Hot’ Renal Clinic
Wednesday afternoon – Nephrology Clinic
Friday morning – Nephrology clinic
Initial referral is usually via a GP, or other health care professional for inpatients. Any severe acute kidney injury patients are admitted via A&E or AMU.
Typical waiting times are two weeks for ‘hot’ clinic appointments (GP or medical professionals must contact the service directly for these), or up to 18 weeks for non-urgent appointments.