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Plymouth - Plymouth Dialysis Unit

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184 Plymbridge Road

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Patients were first dialysed here in 1981

This unit has 130 haemodialysis and 48 peritoneal dialysis patients

This is a transplant centre - view transplant data.

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South West Transplant Centre Team

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01752-431698 or or email



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Commander Kris Houlberg Consultant Nephrologist,
Dr Imran Saif, Consultant Nephrologist.
Dr P.Rowe, Consultant Nephrologist.
Dr H.Cramp, Consultant Nephrologist.
Dr W.Tse, Consultant Nephrologist.
Mr J.Akoh, Consultant Transplant Surgeon.
Mr J.Barwell, Consultant Transplant Surgeon.

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Anna Ziouti

About the unit

Derriford Hospital is situated to the north of the historic naval city of Plymouth and is set in a wooded green-field location close to Plymouth airport.Dialysis is now carried out in a purpose-built satellite unit 2 miles from Derriford hospital, opened in July 2011.

The Renal Unit moved to the Derriford site in 1981 and has been located in its current location on level 3 since 1986.
Mayflower Ward is a 31 bedded renal ward, inclusive of 6 level one beds and the transplant bay.

Derriford Hospital recently received a visit from the Department of Health who also paid a visit to Carey ( now Mayflower) Ward/Transplant Unit in particular. The preliminary findings where good, particularly in the area of infection control and cleanliness.

In June this year we introduced a self medication programme on Mayflower Ward/Transplant Unit for new transplant patients. This has been a great success and has enabled new patients to be confident with the management of their transplant medications on discharge.

The new Haemodialysis Unit has 29 dialysis stations including 4 isolation cubicles.Holiday patients are accepted on a pre-booked basis,vacancies permitting. Booking details below. There are 6 level 1, dialysis stations on Mayflower Ward for acute in-patients.

The Renal Unit has dedicated teams specialising in Transplantation, Haemodialysis, CAPD, Pre-dialysis, Arterio-Venous access, Renal dietary requirements and Staff Development on site. Staff development is facilitated by the Clinic Trainer Caroline Wright 01752 517896

We have now appointed a Transplant Nurse Practitioner to facilitatethe pre-transplant assessment and waiting list referrals. The Transplant Nurse Practitioner can be contacted 01752-439957.

Anyone looking into or requiring information on living donations should contact the Living Donor Transplant Co-ordinator on 01752-439957.

In 2006, we carried out 53 transplants, comprising of 17(CNHB) Controlled Non Heart Beating, 18 Living related and 18 Deceased Donor.
Between 01 April 07 and 30 January 2008 we have carried out 56 transplants here at the South West Transplant Centre Plymouth. Which has been a great start to the transplant year. (The transplant year runs from 01 April to 31 March.)
01 April 2007- 31 March 2008 we carried out 61 kidney transplants.
01 January 2008- 31 December 2008 was our best year ever with 75 transplants being carried out here at the South West Transplant Centre.

Our web site has been a great success since its launch in September 2006, the site provides clinical information to Heath Care Professionals and educational and informative information for patients and carers.

South West Transplant Centre web site.

The new satellite dialysis unit opened its doors to patients on the 18th of July 2011.The unit has 29 dialysis stations and it is currently providing chronic haemodialysis treatment to 130 patients and 40 peritoneal dialysis patients.
The unit welcomes patients for holiday dilaysis when we have availability. We accept patients when slots are available on Monday/Wednesday/Fridays only at 19.oohrs.If you wish to find out more information please contact our holiday coordinator on 01752 431698 or via email Please give us as much notice as possible.
The Unit address is:-
Plymouth Dialysis Unit
184 Plymbridge Road
Plymouth PL6 7FL
Tel 01752 431698
Fax 01752 315055
PLEASE NOTE; Please inquire in January for 2016 bookings.

Research and special expertise

Research and Clinical Trials.

We carry out phaseII,III and phase IV clinical trials in the areas oftransplantation, haemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and chronic kidneydisease. We have a dedicated Research Sister who co-ordinates allclinical studies within the Renal Unit as well as regularly carryingout audits against national set standards. If you require more information regarding the studies we are carrying out, or you would be interested in us carrying out a study for you please do not hesitate to contact Mandy Coles, Research Sister on 01752-517731.

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