Nephrology

Who we are

The PCH Nephrology team provides comprehensive care for babies, children and adolescents with renal (kidney) conditions. 

Conditions we manage

Our inpatient and outpatient care includes management of:
  • Suspected kidney abnormalities 
  • High blood pressure
  • Acute symptoms of kidney disease – including cases where kidney function is recovered, and cases that progress to chronic (longer-term) kidney disease (CKD)
  • CKD that progresses to end-stage kidney disease (ESKD), in which the kidneys no longer function properly. 
As kidney and urinary tract issues are often linked, our clinicians also work closely with urologists from the General Surgery team.   

Services we provide

  • Treatment and investigations across all stages of acute, chronic and end-stage kidney disease
  • Renal replacement therapy (RRT) to help children with end-stage kidney disease get rid of extra water and waste products, which their kidneys can no longer remove 
  • Dialysis, a type of RRT in which a device replaces the kidneys’ role of ‘cleaning’ the blood. This includes at-home peritoneal dialysis (using a tube in the belly) or haemodialysis at PCH (where the patient is connected to an artificial kidney machine)
  • Training to help the child and their family do peritoneal dialysis at home after leaving hospital
  • Kidney transplant services 
  • Nephrology advice for doctors outside PCH (including in remote areas and close liaison with the PCH Rural Paediatric Service).

Referrals

The Nephrology team accepts referrals via the Central Referral Service

Hours

Inpatient

24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Outpatient

Our clinics are usually held on Wednesday and Thursday mornings, but please check your appointment letter for details.

Location

Inpatient

Ward 2A

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Outpatient

Clinic G on Level 1

Best lifts to use: Pink

Haemodialysis treatment

Level 1, Day Treatment Unit (Clinic E). 

Best lifts to use: Pink

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Contact us

Phone: 6456 2222 (PCH switchboard)