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Exeter Kidney Unit - Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital

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Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital (Wonford Site)
Barrack Road

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Patients were first dialysed here in 1967

This unit has 500 haemodialysis and 80 peritoneal dialysis patients

This unit has the following transplant centres:

Bristol Southmead -

Plymouth - Plymouth Dialysis Unit

Oxford Kidney Unit and Oxford Transplant Centre

This centre has the following satellite units:

Exeter - Heavitree Haemodialysis Unit

Honiton (East Devon Satellite Kidney Unit)

North Devon - Barnstaple Satellite Unit

South Devon Satellite Kidney Unit

Taunton Dialysis Centre

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River Exe, Exeter

Telephone number:

01392 402515

Holiday dialysis enquiries:

01392 402194


01392 402527

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Dr Lucy Smyth MA FRCP - Lead Clinician
Dr Richard D'Souza MD FRCP
Dr Maria Bello LMS (Zaragoza)
Dr Coralie Bingham PhD FRCP (Honorary Associate Professor, University of Exeter Medical School)
Dr Helen Clarke MA PhD FRCP
Dr Chris Mulgrew PhD FRCP
Dr Jason Moore BMedSci MRCP
Dr David Meredith DPhil MRCP
Dr Lynsey Webb MRCP(50% Renal / 50% Acute Medicine)
Dr Rhian Clissold MD MRCP
Dr Richard Oram MA PhD MRCP (Diabetes UK Harry Keen Fellow / Senior Clinical Lecturer, University of Exeter Medical School / Honorary Consultant)
Dr Mark Gilchrist PhD MRCP (based at Torbay Hospital)
Dr Duncan Whitehead MRCP (Acute Medicine / Nephrology - based at Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton)
Dr Barbara Flower MRCP (Acute Medicine / Nephrology - based at Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton)
Dr Magdalena Stojakowska (based at North Devon District Hospital, Barnstaple)

Page administered by:

Chris Mulgrew

About the unit

Led by Dr Harry Hall, Exeter Kidney Unit started dialysing patients in 1967, with the first transplant in the same year. Renal services moved from Whipton Hospital to the current RD&E main hospital site in 1984 where delivery of all care has since been centred, including having one of the busiest transplant units in the UK at one time. Transplantation has been jointly provided by Plymouth and Bristol since 1998 - patients are transferred back to Exeter for all follow-up immediately on discharge from the transplant centre.

Exeter Kidney Unit has grown substantially over the past 45 years to become one of the largest units in the South-west, providing tertiary renal services to a population of 1 million across Devon and large parts of Somerset, taking referrals from North Devon District Hospital, Torbay Hospital and Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton. There are also nephrologists based in each of these three hospitals working in conjunction with the team in Exeter. Services are tailored to patients needs, being provided as close to home as possible across a wide rural area.

In 2017 The Exeter Kidney Unit was awarded Academic status by the University of Exeter and Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. This recognised the growth in research and academic activity by the unit over the last 20 years. 2001 Renal Association Raine award winner, Dr Coralie Bingham is a world leading expert in the genetics of cysts kidney disease having described the Renal cysts and Diabetes syndrome, caused by HNF1B mutations. She has built her own programme of research in the genetic of kidney disease, in addition to successfully mentoring numerous academic clinical fellows and F2s including winning 4 recent competitive PhD fellowships and one senior career development award.

- 26-bedded in-patient renal ward with additional 3-bed acute haemodialysis / plasma-exchange facility
- 12-station main base haemodialysis unit
- Network of 6 satellite haemodialysis units, which are run by the Renal Service of the RD&E in Exeter (Heavitree Hospital), Honiton, Torbay and South Molton, and provided by BBraun on behalf of Somerset PCT in Taunton and Yeovil.
- Peritoneal Dialysis education and training unit
- Dedicated Renal Day Case Unit comprising of 6 day case rooms, procedure room and outpatient clinic room
- Anaemia education and treatment service based in Exeter, with out-reach clinics in Taunton, North Devon, Honiton and Torbay

- Total of over 1100 patients receiving renal replacement therapy (dialysis or transplantation), all seen in consultant-led multidisciplinary clinics
- Around 500 patients on haemodialysis
- Over 80 patients on peritoneal dialysis (CAPD or APD), including an assisted APD programme
- A growing home haemodialysis programme
- Over 540 patients under follow-up with functioning renal transplants (including kidney/pancreas recipients) through the base unit in Exeter and/or via our telephone clinic
- Approximately 100-120 patients transferred to unit with Acute Kidney Injury per annum for specialist care
- Approximately 4000 patients with CKD attending specialty or satellite out-patient clinics
- Outreach nephrology and low-clearance clinics held in Musgrove Park Hospital (Taunton), North Devon District Hospital (Barnstable), and Torbay Hospital
Low-clearance clinics (in Exeter and satellite hospitals)
Joint Vasculitis Clinics (with Rheumatology)
Renal / Clinical Genetics Clinic
Paediatric / Young Adult Transition Clinic (Exeter, North Devon and Taunton)
'Late-presenter' clinic - for rapid review of patients starting dialysis unexpectedly
'One-stop' Vascular / Dialysis Access Assessment Clinics
Nurse-led CKD clinics in community / GP practices

Nephrology staff includes
- 10 Consultant Nephrologists
- 3 Renal SpRs
- 3 Academic Clinical Fellows / Honorary SpRs
- 3 Renal CMTs
Nursing & administrative staff
- over 150 whole-time equivalent nursing staff
- 15 whole-time equivalent secretarial / administrative staff
Supporting specialist services in Exeter include
- 3 Consultant renal interventional radiologists - 24-hour cover
- 3 Consultant Vascular access surgeons
- 9 Consultant Urologists
- 3 Consultant Renal Histopathologists

Research and special expertise

Renal cysts and diabetes / developmental renal disease (Coralie Bingham)
Vasculitis (Lucy Smyth)
Transplant Medicine (Jason Moore)
Acute Kidney Injury (Chris Mulgrew)
Haemodialysis (David Meredith)

The unit also participates in recruitment to a number of clinical trials as part of the NIHR portfolio, with the assistance of a team of research nurses.

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