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Leeds - St James's University Hospital

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Patients were first dialysed here in 1956

This unit has capacity for 96 patients (main unit) on chronic haemodialysis and capacity for 105 peritoneal dialysis patients

This is a transplant centre - view transplant data.

This centre has the following satellite units:

Dewsbury Satellite Unit

Halifax Satellite Unit

Huddersfield Satellite Unit

Leeds - Beeston Satellite Unit

Leeds - Seacroft Intermediate Unit (Wards R&S)

Leeds - Seacroft Satellite Unit (Ward B)

Pontefract Satellite Unit

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Entrance to Lincoln Wing at St James's University Hospital

Telephone number:

0113 243 3144

Holiday dialysis enquiries: or 0113 206 5510


0113 206 6539

Email Address: (Matron)

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Dr Richard Baker
Dr Emma Dunn
Dr Sunil Daga
Dr Elizabeth Garthwaite
Dr Richard Hoefield
Dr Andrew Lewington
Dr Andrew Mooney
Dr Claire Reid
Dr Madeleine Vernon
Dr Matthew Welberry Smith
Dr Graham Woodrow
Dr Mark Wright
Staff Grade: Dr Tahir Malik

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About the unit

The first dialysis treatments in Leeds were carried out by Dr Frank Parsons at the Leeds General Infirmary over 50 years ago. During the Trust reconfiguration, the nephrology services at the LGI relocated to St. James's Hospital and a new unit for out-patient haemodialysis was created at Seacroft Hospital. A mobile Renal Support Service now takes dialysis to the bedside of patients who are admitted to the specialist wards at the General Infirmary.

The Leeds renal service currently provides acute and chronic kidney disease services to a population of 1.6 million in the West Yorkshire conurbations of Leeds, Wakefield, Pontefract, Dewsbury, Huddersfield and Halifax.

The main renal unit at St Jamesís University Hospital is housed in purpose built accommodation that was first commissioned in 1995 and upgraded in 2011 and 2013. The unit comprises:

- Forty two inpatient beds

- A sixteen station haemodialysis unit for chronic patients which operates a morning and afternoon shift for new patients and those who need a high level of medical care, and a 'twilight' shift for patients who prefer to dialyse during the evening.

- A three station unit for haemodialysis patients with hepatitis B.

- An eight station acute haemodialysis facility.

- The peritoneal dialysis service base, with 5 single rooms assigned for patient training and review.

- The shared Outpatient Department, which delivers nearly 20,000 consultant and nurse led outpatient attendances per annum, for nephrology, predialysis care, anaemia management, preassessment, transplantation (work-up and follow-up), PD and HD review.

Away from the main site, consultant led outpatient nephrology services are provided at the DGHs in Wakefield (Pinderfields), Huddersfield, Dewsbury, Pontefract and Halifax.

There is further provision for out-patient haemodialysis for about 140 patients at the Intermediate Unit (Seacroft R&S Wards) where limited medical cover is provided, and for about 270 patients at the nurse-led Satellite Units at Pontefract, Dewsbury, Huddersfield, Halifax, Beeston and Seacroft Ward B.

The dedicated home haemodialysis training suite is located adjacent to R&S Wards at Seacroft Hospital, but home training is also provided in the main and satellite units as part of the 'shared care' programme. Most patients who choose home haemodialysis have opted for short 'daily' dialysis with 5 or 6, 2-3 hour sessions each week.

Approximately 200 kidney transplants are performed each year for CKD patients under the care of Leeds, Bradford, York and Hull, and over 1000 recipients and donors are followed up in clinic at St James's. Earlier review and listing has resulted in a dramatic increase in pre-emptive transplantation with over a quarter of recipients in 2015 receiving a kidney before requiring dialysis, the highest rate in the UK. There is a well established donation after cardiac death (non-heartbeating donor) organ retrieval programme. The live donor renal transplant programme, which includes laparoscopic donor retrieval, actively supports transplantation for both ABO incompatible and HLA mismatched donor/recipient pairs.

St James's University Hospital is one of the largest Teaching Hospitals in the UK and has close links with the University of Leeds School of Medicine. The Renal Department is actively involved in undergraduate teaching, welcoming 2nd, 3rd and 5th year medical students to learn in the department. The department has a substantial commitment to postgraduate education and has supported medical students research and audit projects which are presented at Departmental meetings.

There are close links between the Renal Department at St James's and many other departments in the Trust, particularly Paediatric Nephrology, the Intensive Care Unit, The Liver Unit, Anaesthetics, Radiology, Histopathology, Urology and Vascular Surgery.

Research and special expertise

There is an active clinical research programme supported by charitable funds from the local Yorkshire Kidney Research Fund. There are clinical staff in research posts working to submit MD and PhD theses. St James's is a founder participant in the UK Renal Registry.

Permanent medical staff with special interests

Dr Richard Baker: renal transplantation and haemodialysis

Dr Sunil Daga: immunological risk stratification of highly sensitised patients, predictive modelling, transplantation and organ donation

Dr Emma Dunn (Renal Lead Clinician): diabetic nephropathy, SLE and vasculitis

Dr Elizabeth Garthwaite: haemodialysis and shared care

Dr Andrew Lewington: renal transplantation, acute kidney injury and ICU medicine

Dr Tahir Malik: haemodialysis

Dr Andrew Mooney: predialysis management, basic science research on glomerulosclerosis and patient decision making

Dr Claire Reid: haemodialysis, shared care and patient experience

Dr Matthew Welberry Smith: renal transplantation, live renal donor work up and proteomic biomarker discovery

Dr Graham Woodrow: peritoneal dialysis, diabetic nephropathy, predialysis care, nutrition and body composition

Dr Mark Wright: haemodialysis, vascular access, appetite, nutrition and body composition

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