Services

Renal Medicine - Services

The Eastern Health Integrated Renal Service (EHIRS) was established in 2008 to service the growing health needs of people living in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne.
The service provides a comprehensive care for people with kidney disease, including:

  • Management of acute kidney disease in hospital, including dialysis and plasma exchange when required
  • Outpatient management of acute and chronic kidney diseases
  • Preparation for dialysis for those who require it, including provision of information and education
  • Surgery and radiological procedures to enable people to have dialysis (“dialysis access”)
  • Provision of chronic dialysis, including haemodialysis at home, haemodialysis in a Satellite Unit, and peritoneal dialysis
  • Assessment and preparation for kidney transplant
  • Care of kidney transplant recipients after discharge from hospital (the surgery is performed at another hospital)
  • Allied Health services including dietetics, social work and psychologist support
  • Research into kidney disease and its complications

We encourage and support dialysis at home where appropriate and have strong links with community care providers to help manage those patients for whom dialysis is not appropriate.

In addition, we provide both inpatient and outpatient Obstetric Medicine services to pregnant women with pre-existing or new medical conditions receiving Obstetric care at Eastern Health. This is a collaborative service involving Physicians, Obstetricians and Midwives in a multidisciplinary model of care that includes consultation with other medical subspecialties where required.

Outpatient/Specialist Clinics

We run a number of outpatient clinics across Eastern Health. Currently, all referrals are made centrally and then “triaged” to the most appropriate clinic.

Referral

For urgent referrals or advice, please discuss with the Renal Registrar or Renal Consultant-on-Call via the Eastern Health call centre: 1300 342 255. There is a Renal Registrar on-call from 8am Monday to 12pm Saturday every week, and there is always a Renal Consultant on-call. This will facilitate admission to the ward or early outpatient review as appropriate.

For referrals that are not considered urgent, please fax a referral to (03) 9839 6733. Good quality information will ensure the referral is appropriately triaged for a timely review in the most appropriate clinic. Please include a statement as to your primary concern, the serum creatinine and other results (MSU, urine protein: creatinine ratio and renal ultrasound). If an interpreter is required, please indicate this as well as the language required.

Clinics

Box Hill:

Multidisciplinary clinic
Level 1, 5 Arnold St
Tuesday afternoons 1.30pm – 4.30pm,
Patient Mix: Pre-dialysis, dialysis care; kidney transplant recipient assessment and post-transplant care; live kidney donor assessment and post-donation care; acute kidney diseases including glomerulonephritis
Personnel: Nephrologists, advanced trainees. Dietician, social worker, psychologist (by prior arrangement), anaemia, transplant and dialysis access coordinator, nurse practitioner.

Renal Medicine Specialist Clinic
Level 1, Building B, Box Hill Hospital
Friday Afternoons 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Patient Mix: Renal Medicine and hypertension
Personnel: Nephrologists, advanced trainee, nurse practitioner

Obstetric Medicine within the High Risk Pregnancy Clinic
Ward 3.2, Building A, Box Hill Hospital
Wednesday Morning 9.00am – 12.30pm
Patient Mix: Pregnant women who have specific medical issues.  We prefer to see women with medical conditions prior to conception where possible, to allow time to optimise their management for pregnancy.  However, we manage new and old medical issues and see women in the post-partum period until medical stability, before discharging patients to their previous model of care.
Staff: Nephrologists, Obstetrician, other medical specialties (Haematology, Gastroenterology/Hepatology)

Angliss Hospital:

Renal Medicine Specialist Clinic
Chandler House, 16-18 Albert St, Upper Ferntree Gully
Wednesday mornings 9.00am - 12.30pm
Patient Mix: Renal Medicine and dialysis patients
Staff: Nephrologist and advanced trainee

Maroondah Hospital:

Renal Medicine Specialist Clinic
Specialist clinics, Ground Floor, Main Hospital Building
Tuesday Mornings 9.00am - 12.30pm
Patient Mix: Renal Medicine and dialysis patients
Staff: Nephrologists, advanced trainee

 

Contact Details

For urgent advice or to discuss a referral, contact the Renal Registrar or Renal Consultant-on-Call via the Eastern Health contact centre: 1300 342 255.

For non-urgent Outpatient/Specialist Clinic referral, fax the referral to: (03) 9839 6733.

Inpatient and Acute Dialysis enquiries should be directed to Ward 8.1, Box Hill Hospital: (03) 8396 8810

All inquiries about dialysis at Eastern Health, including Holiday Dialysis should be directed to the Dialysis Coordinator Ms Peta McLean on (03) 9094 9563

Home Dialysis enquiries should be directed to (03) 9092 6789 or by email: Home.dialysisBHH@easternhealth.org.au

 

Satellite Haemodialysis Units

Angliss Hospital

Address
Chandler House, 16-18 Albert Street, Upper Ferntree Gully
Contact

P: 9764 6112      F: 9839 6733

Hours

Dialysis Monday - Saturday 7.30am - 8.00pm.

Car Parking

There is limited car parking available on-site.

Public transport

Upper Ferntree Gully Train Station is a 10 minute walk away. Bus Route 732 stops outside the hospital.

Information
The unit has 6 chairs and treats up to 24 haemodialysis patients.

Box Hill Hospital

Address
Level 1, 5 Arnold St and Tuesday Specialist Clinics, Level 1, Box Hill Hospital
Contact

P (03) 9092 6787 or (03) 9092 6780   F: 9839 6733

Hours

Dialysis Monday - Saturday 7.30am - 8.00pm

Car parking

Patient parking is available in the adjacent undercover carpark.

Public transport

Bus route 302, 202 and 289, or by train to Box Hill railway station (10 minute walk to hospital).

 Information

The Box Hill Dialysis Unit is directly opposite Box Hill Hospital. The Unit has 16 chairs allowing for 64 haemodialysis patients to be treated

Maroondah Hospital

Address
3-5 Ware Crescent, Ringwood East.
Contact

P  (03) 8706 3015      F  (03) 9839 6733

Hours

Dialysis Monday, Wednesday and Friday - Saturday 7.30am - 11.00pm; Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 7.30am – 8.00pm.

Car Parking

Parking is available on site.

Public Transport

Bus service (National no. 367) operates from Ringwood,Ringwood East and Croydon Railway stations and stops outside the hospital.

Information

The Maroondah Dialysis unit has 16 chairs and can cater for up to 74 haemodialysis patients.ts.

Peter James Centre

Address
Corner of Mahoney's Rd and Burwood Highway, Burwood East
Contact

P: 9881 1154      F: 9839 6733

Hours

Dialysis Monday - Saturday 7.30am - 8.00pm.

 

Car parking

On-site parking available

Public transport

Tram route 75 (Vermont Sth) runs from the city along Burwood Hwy, stopping outside the hospital. Bus route 732 (Upper Ferntree Gully) stops on Mahoney’s Rd, near to the unit.

Information

Peter James Centre has 20 chairs and caters for up to 80 haemodialysis patients.