Haemodialysis is a treatment for patients with advanced kidney failure whose own kidneys no longer work well enough for them to remain well.
Haemodialysis is one form of dialysis (the other form is peritoneal dialysis) and is designed to remove waste products and water from the blood that would usually be removed by functioning kidneys. Many patients who need haemodialysis attend hospital for their treatment. Each haemodilaysis session usually takes about four hours and most patients attend for haemodilaysis regularly three times a week.
We have four local centres where patients can attend for haemodilaysis as outpatients, each staffed by a team of specialist dialysis nurses and assistants. These are at The James Cook University Hospital (20 dialysis stations), North Ormesby (18 stations), University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton (15 stations) and Darlington Memorial Hospital (18 stations).
Stockton dialysis unit also has a limited number of places available for overnight (nocturnal) haemodialysis, running between 11.30pm and 6am.
All patients at each of our haemodialysis units will be under the care of one of the renal consultants based at James Cook University Hospital.
For more information about haemodialysis click here to visit The National Kidney Federation website.