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Newry - Daisy Hill Hospital

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5 Hospital Road
Co Down

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BT35 8DR

Patients were first dialysed here in 1998

This unit has 92 haemodialysis and 18 peritoneal dialysis patients

This unit has the following transplant centres:

Belfast City Hospital

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Silent Valley in the Mourne Mountains

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Dr John Harty
Dr Paul McKeveney

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Dr John Harty

About the unit

Daisy Hill Hospital (DHH) Renal unit was opened in June 1998 and provides a comprehensive renalservice for the Southern Board area of Northern Ireland (population300,000) and a Haemodialysis service for North Louth (Eire). The unitis boundaried to the North by the Mourne mountains and to the South bythe Cooley Peninsula. The hospital is sited just inside the border andis halfway between Belfast and Dublin.

There is a 22 station HD facility overlooking Carlingford Loch.Thisoperates 2 shifts Mon - Sat and a twilight shift Mon-Wed-Fri. The wardmanager is Sr Kate Cunningham ( and theclinical sister is Sr Joan O'Hagan. Medical care is provided by theNephrology consultants, Dr Michelle Hollywood (Associate Specialist)and a Renal Registrar. This unit has Social Work, Pharmacy, Podiatry and RenalDietitic support.There is provision for training in home haemodialysis,haemodiafiltration and holiday dialysis. There are weeklymultidisiplinary meetings.There is a renal procedure room with ultrasound facilities for placement of dialysis catheters. Interventional radiology support is provided.
Peritoneal Dialysis.
This is a nurse led service run by Sr Fiona Owens( PD training is home-based. using CCPD asthe standard modality.
Outpatient Service
Three nephrology clinics are held per week. Clinics are themed toinclude: New Patients, General Nephrology Review, Low Clearance, PD andTransplant. There are ultrasound and microscopy facilites at allclinics.There are also "virtual" clinics including outpatient anaemiamanagement and Nephrology Advice clinics. This is a telephone clinicset up in partnership with GP's providing advice on management of CKDin the community using eGFR guidelines as an alternative to clinicreferral and hospital follow-up.
Patient Support Group
There is an active patient support group which meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm on the Renal Unit.This group provides feedback on all aspects of patient care (includinguse of patient satisfaction surveys)and guides the future developmentof the Renal Service.

Research and special expertise

This Unit participates in collaborative research with the renal unit at Belfast City Hospital. Current work focuses on the epidemiology of chronic renalfailure and its interface with Primary Care.This has led to thedevelopment of Chronic Kidney Disease management and referralguidelines.
There is active collaboration with the Clinical BiochemistryDepartment (Craigavon Area Hospital)into markers of cardiac disease indialysis patients. This has led to published work on the utility ofTroponins in haemodialysis patients.
There is a weekly renal teaching programme for non-nephrology medical staff.There is also regular multiprofessional renal teaching for haemodialysis staff.
This unitparticipates in the Northern Ireland Nephrology SpR teaching programmeand Regional Audit. Teaching is facilitated by the use of avideo-conferencing link with the Belfast City Hospital Nephrology Unit.

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