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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
This is a nurse led service run by Sr Fiona Owens(email@example.com). PD training is home-based. using CCPD asthe standard modality.
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.