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Carlisle - Cumberland Infirmary

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Renal Unit
Newtown Road

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Patients were first dialysed here in 1990

This unit has 97 haemodialysis and 34 peritoneal dialysis patients

This unit has the following transplant centres:

Newcastle - The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

This centre has the following satellite units:


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Cumberland Infirmary Carlisle

Telephone number:

01228 814784

Holiday dialysis enquiries:

Joanne Kirkpatrick 01228 814784


01228 814857

Email Address:

Unit website:

Trust website:


Dr Paul Mead
Dr Fiona Dallas
Dr Amer Hayat
Dr Andy Bow
Dr James Shawcroft

Page administered by:

Mary Grant: Phone No 01228 814782

About the unit

Five Consultants: Dr Paul Mead, Dr Fiona Dallas, Dr Amer Hayat, Dr Andrew Bow, James Shawcross.
Registrar's: Dr Alison Craig & Dr Shahid Abdullah.
Page administered by: Mary Grant Audit/Information Officer.

About the Unit:

North Cumbria Acute Hospitals NHS Trust came into existence in April 2001 when Carlisle Hospital NHS Trust and West Cumbria Healthcare NHS Trust merged to serve the people of North Cumbria from two sites. In August 2008, North Cumbria Acute Hospitals NHS Trust gained approval to become a University Hospital Trust and they are now known as North Cumbria University Hospitals. This approval was supported by the Universities of Cumbria and Newcastle, the Privy Council and the Dept of Health. It has been given not only in recognition of our current education and training programmes but is an endorsement of those that we will be developing in the future.

Cumberland Infirmary
Renal Unit
Newtown Road
CA2 7HY.
Tel: 01228 523444.

West Cumberland Hospital
Dalegarth Renal Unit
CA28 8JG.
Tel: 01946 693181.

The Cumberland Infirmary and satellite unit at West Cumberland Hospital provides a renal service for the population of North Cumbria. All transplant operations take place at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital, with follow up care at Carlisle.

The Renal Team aims are to:-

Provide a high quality multi disciplinary service that encompasses all aspects.
Be accessible to the local population.
Respond to the technological developments and changes in renal management modernisation for the NHS.
React positively to the feedback from patients.

The Renal Unit at The Cumberland Infirmary comprises of:-

14 Chronic dialysis stations.
In Patient Ward: Willow B has 19 beds.
CAPD unit.
Surgical/radiological/pathology backup for:- Access Surgery
Renal Biopsies.
Renal Angiograms/plasty

There are 7 chronic dialysis stations at West Cumberland Hospital. Patients attending this unit are in general good health, medically stable and have back up of a multi disciplinary team from the Carlisle renal unit.

Kidney patients require the highest level of nursing skills. The unit has specialist nurses trained in anaemia management, pre-dialysis education, peritoneal home care, haemodialysis, critical care and transplantation follow-up. Patients have access to other essential and highly skilled members of the Renal Team, which includes specialist dietitians, pharmacist support and our own social workers.


The consultant's have eleven outpatient clinics each week, six in Carlisle, three in Whitehaven one at Penrith's New Hospital and one at Cockermouth Community Hospital. They care for over 1700 patients, who attend on a regular basis to monitor their condition.

Chronic Kidney Disease Nurses (CKD)

CKD Nurses
Trisha Rose, Sue Zaninetti and Margaret Bell
01228 814726

The CKD nurses provide a service, which ultimately promotes the well being of Pre-Dialysis and Transplanted Patients. They have eight out patient clinics a week at the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle. West Cumberland Hospital, Whitehaven. Penrith Hospital and Cockermouth Hospital.
They monitor blood pressure, blood results and anaemia, participating in the effective change of patient's treatment in order to reduce renal complications and slow the progress of the disease. They work closely with the renal physicians, dietitians, social workers, general practitioners and district nurses, who provide support and information for patients and their families regarding all aspects of renal failure.

Willow B

Ward Sister - Gill Cleminson
01228 814180

Willow B is a 19-bed medical inpatient ward with a nephrology specialist interest based at the Cumberland Infirmary. Patients are either admitted directly through the nephrology service or identified from the medical admissions unit as patients whose renal dysfunction is playing a significant part in their medical condition and we also step down patients from ITU/HDU with ongoing acute renal failure. General medical patients are admitted via the medical admissions unit dependent on bed capacity. At present approximately 75% of patients are definded as nephrology patients.


Ward Manager
David Gledhill - 01228 814770

As a haemodialysis patient you will require dialysis approximately 3 times a week with each session lasting between 3-5 hours. You will be on a fixed schedule and the unit is open:

Monday to Saturday:-

Mon/Weds/Fri - 3 Shifts - 7.00am to Midnight.
Tues/Thurs/Sat - 2 Shifts - 7.00am to 19.00pm.

Four full time consultant nephrologists and one acute physician with an interest in nephrology, two registrar's and a dedicated team of nurses support the unit.

Home Haemodialysis.

Sister - Sue Yule
01228 814784

Home Haemodialysis has recently been introduced in North Cumbria. Sue will manage the patient's training and monitoring. We hope to develop this service and to increase the number of patients receiving this form of therapy.

Peritoneal Dialysis - PD Dialysis
Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis - CAPD
Automated Peritoneal Dialysis - APD

PD Nurse

Jean Melville & Sally Tait
01228 814785

Working in close collaboration with the renal physicians, dietitians, social workers, general practitioners and district nurses, we aim to reduce morbidity, mortality and hospitalisation whilst promoting independence and quality of life for the patients treated with PD. To do this, we adopted 5 main roles, which include:

Symptom control
Support and advice
Co-ordination of care
The maintenance of effective dialysis therapy
The provision of education and training

We can offer home or hospital based training for PD and once established the PD nurse's will offer home visits, determined by the needs of the patients.


This unit has the following transplant centre at
Freemans Hospital

No supporting specialist nurse.

Social Worker

Sylvia im Thurn
Phone Number: 07870153289

The social worker works along side the medical staff to help out with the social issues brought about by renal failure. Where appropriate, before starting dialysis I carry out a full social work assessment with the patient and their family to enable us to draw up a support plan and if needed set up a care package.
I can also give advice on services, benefits and act as an intermediary between a patient, their families. Other agencies including housing, benefits agency, charities and health. I understand that sometimes it is difficult to talk to your family and friends about how renal failure affects you, and I'am there to listen.


Jacqui Ross
01228 814793

Annette Brough
01228 814795

We provide specialist advice to hospital inpatients and outpatients on a one to one basis and specialise in key areas such as renal disease and diabetes, where diet plays a major role in treating and stabilising patients. No two patients are the same, which is why one to one consultation is essential followed by fine-tuning of individual diets.

Working in Cumbria:

Cumbria is an area of outstanding natural beauty which includes the Lake District National Park. The county looks to both the North East and the North West as regional centres, with good communication by road and rail. There are excellent recreation facilities nearby with easy access to the Pennines, Borders and South West Scotland.
Carlisle is the main centre of population with smaller communities centred in Keswick, Brampton, Penrith, Alston, Wigton and Kirkby Stephen. The hospitals also serve a small area of South West Scotland, the estimated population served is 324,000.
The historic city of Carlisle has a wide range of facilities including the Lanes Shopping Centre, a unique Victorian market and a pedestrianised area which sets the scene for year round events including international food fairs and street entertainment. There are also excellent sports and recreational facilities. The University of Central Lancashire has a campus in Carlisle City Centre, which was recently voted the UK's 'Best New University'.The magnificent castle was founded in 1092 and the cathedral dates back to the 14th century, there is an award winning museum and art gallery. Carlisle occupies a unique position as the Gateway City to the western stretch of Hadrian's Wall, which dates back to AD122 and is without doubt the most prominent Roman monument in the UK today.

Research and special expertise

The unit actively takes part in research and we have participated in a Sharp trial and worked with a number of pharmaceutical companies undertaking trials. Through the units charitable funds we have supported former SpR's undertaking research towards a MD theses at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Subjects covered have been cell signalling and cyto-skeletal interactions in IgA nephropathy and the effects of chronic renal impairment on telemere length. We have also collaborated with the Renal Department within the Department of Medicine at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in work relating to cell membrane dysfunction in essential hypertension and diabetic nephropathy.
Locally the department is encouraged to take an active part in clinical research, our currant areas of interest are vasculitis, delivery of care to patients suffering from diabetic nephropathy, patient education and vascular access.

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