Description

Please Note:  The Waitematā DHB Renal Service is located at 122 Shakespeare Road. Please click here for a location map.

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.

Consultants

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

  • Dr Naveed Ahmed

    Consultant Nephrologist

    Available at North Shore Dialysis Centre (Tatari Oranga North), 132 Shakespeare Road, Takapuna, Auckland, Community Dialysis Centre (Tatari Oranga O Te Raki), 96 Apollo Drive, Rosedale, Auckland, Renal Services, 122 Shakespeare Road, Takapuna, Auckland

  • Dr Janak De Zoysa

    Consultant Nephrologist, Clinical Director, Senior Lecturer

    Available at North Shore Dialysis Centre (Tatari Oranga North), 132 Shakespeare Road, Takapuna, Auckland, Community Dialysis Centre (Tatari Oranga O Te Raki), 96 Apollo Drive, Rosedale, Auckland, Renal Services, 122 Shakespeare Road, Takapuna, Auckland

  • Dr Emad Maher

    Consultant Nephrologist

    Available at all locations.

  • Dr Andrew Salmon

    Consultant Nephrologist

    Available at all locations.

  • Dr Sajed Valappil

    Consultant Nephrologist

    Available at North Shore Dialysis Centre (Tatari Oranga North), 132 Shakespeare Road, Takapuna, Auckland, Community Dialysis Centre (Tatari Oranga O Te Raki), 96 Apollo Drive, Rosedale, Auckland, Renal Services, 122 Shakespeare Road, Takapuna, Auckland

Hours

North Shore Dialysis Centre (Tatari Oranga North).
Located at 132 Shakespeare Road, on North Shore Hospital grounds. The unit operates 6 days a week, Monday to Saturday from 07:00 to 18:00, and has 24 dialysis stations providing dialysis therapy for 96 patients/week. All acute dialysis sessions as well as plasma exchange are performed in this unit. The unit provides haemodialysis for patients unable to perform dialysis.


Community Dialysis Centre (Tatari Oranga O Te Raki)
Located at 96 Apollo Drive. The unit operates 6 days a week, Monday, Wednesday and Fridays 07:00 - 24:00, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 07:00-19:30. It has 18 dialysis stations providing dialysis therapy for up to 90 patients/week. It provides chronic haemodialysis treatments to dependant or assisted care patients. It has also an evening shift, Monday, Wednesday and Fridays to support working patients.
This unit also has the peritoneal dialysis and home haemodialysis units. The Home haemodialysis unit provide training and support for patient on home haemodialysis and has a respite flat. The Peritoneal dialysis unit provides training and support for patient on peritoneal dialysis.


Waitakere Dialysis Unit (Tatari Oranga West)
Located on the grounds of Waitakere Hospital. The unit operated 6 days, 6 days a week, Monday, Wednesday and Fridays 07:00-24:00, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 07:00-19:30. It has 12 dialysis stations providing haemodialysis therapy for up to 60 patients/week and provides chronic haemodialysis to patients who are able to do their own dialysis (assisted care). No acute haemodialysis is provided at the unit. It has also an evening shift, Monday, Wednesday and Fridays to support working patients.

Common Conditions

  • Kidney Failure

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

  • Haematuria

    This term means blood in the urine and may be the result of inflammation or other problems with your kidneys, blockages in your ureter, infection or other problems with your bladder or problems with your prostate. More

  • Proteinuria

    This term means protein in the urine and may indicate that there is a problem with your kidneys. 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

  • Anaemia

    More

  • Hypertension

    The Waitematā DHB Renal Service has a specialist hypertension clinic.… More

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Other

Janine Mathews
Janine is the Renal Transplant Clinical Nurse Specialist. Renal transplants for Waitematā residents will still be carried out at Auckland Hospital, but the Waitematā Renal Service will care for these transplant recipients pre- and post-operatively. Janine is responsible for all recipient evaluations and renal transplant patients who live in the North. Janine runs nurse led clinics to provide education for patients and their families about transplantation and to provide long-term follow up for renal transplant recipients. 
Phone: 021 244 8069
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Babu Ramalingam
Babu is the Renal Clinical Nurse Specialist. He works with patients who live in the North who do not yet need renal replacement therapy, but may do in the future. He will provide information and education to patients and their families for options of renal replacement therapy. Babu also looks after patients who need intravenous medications to modulate and regulate the immune system.
Phone: 021 416 043
Email:       

Lyndsie Skelton
Lyndsie is the Renal Clinical Nurse Specialist based in West Auckland. She is responsible for renal transplant patients based in the West. She also provides information and education for patients and their families for options of renal replacement therapy in the West. Lyndsie also has expertise in supportive care.
Phone: 021 242 9745
Email:

Chao Cheng
Chao is the Hypertension Clinical Nurse Specialist. She works with patients who have difficult to control blood pressure. She will provide information and education to patients and their families for options of renal replacement therapy. Chao also looks after patients who need intravenous medications to modulate and regulate the immune system.
Phone: 021 221 1979
Email:   

Rachel Le Maitre                                                                                                        
Rachel is the Clinical Nurse Specialist. She works with inpatients to co-ordinate their care.
Phone: 021417351
Email:

Michelle Elima
Is the Donor Liaison Coordinator. She works with people considering donating a kidney.
Phone: 021 348 588
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Contact Details

This page was last updated at 1:02PM on June 26, 2019. This information is reviewed and edited by Waitematā DHB Renal Services.