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Southern DHB Nephrology (Renal) Services

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The Nephrology Service is a tertiary level service provider and is responsible for the care of patients requiring peritoneal dialysis and haemodialysis. Dialysis education and training is delivered at the Dunedin Dialysis Unit. The service has close links with Christchurch and Auckland hospitals where patients are referred for kidney transplantation.

Outpatient clinics are delivered at Dunedin and Southland hospitals.

What is Renal Medicine?

Renal medicine, or nephrology, is the branch of medicine that involves the diagnosis and management of people with diseases and conditions of the kidneys.

Your kidneys are two bean-shaped organs, found at the back of your abdominal cavity, that filter out wastes and excess fluid from your blood and excrete them as urine.

Renal medicine includes the urgent care of acutely ill patients as well as those with chronic illness who require long term care. A doctor who specialises in disorders of the kidneys is called a nephrologist. Conditions seen by a nephrologist may include:

• Acute renal failure – the sudden loss of kidney function
• Chronic, or long term, renal failure – gradual worsening of kidney function
• Haematuria – blood loss in the urine
• Proteinuria – protein loss in the urine
• Kidney stones
• Chronic or frequent urinary tract infections
• Hypertension – that has not responded to antihypertensive therapy.

Many kidney disorders may be treated with medications but if kidney function starts to fail and the condition becomes severe, dialysis (using a machine to filter the blood) and later, kidney transplantation, may be required.


Note: Please note below that some people are not available at all locations.

Common Conditions

  • Kidney Failure

    This is when a patient’s kidneys are unable to remove wastes and excess fluid from the blood.… More

  • Kidney Stones

    This term refers to stones in the urinary system. They form in the kidneys but can be found anywhere in the urinary system.… More

  • Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

    A UTI is caused by an infection in the urinary tract.… More

Contact Details

Dunedin Hospital

Dunedin - South Otago

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Southland Hospital, Invercargill


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This page was last updated at 12:21PM on May 22, 2019. This information is reviewed and edited by Southern DHB Nephrology (Renal) Services.