Our first patients received dialysis in May 1989 after Dr Roger Greenwood introduced renal services at the Lister hospital in December 1988. Our Renal Research Institute has been open since 2014, named posthumously after patient Lee Haynes, whose family was instrumental in the fundraising effort required to develop the facility.
Our renal service is recognised as a specialist referral centre for renal medicine serving most of Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and parts of Essex.
Dialysis facilities are provided at:
Lister Hospital (our main unit, 26 stations)
St Albans City Hospital (16 stations)
Chiltern Kidney Centre, Dunstable (23 stations)
Bedford Dialysis Unit (16 stations)
Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow (12 stations)
Home therapy unit (Lister Hospital, Level 3)
To give our patients more choice we have a home therapy unit (peritoneal dialysis and home haemodialysis). Haemodialysis patients can also take part in the Shared Care programme, which encourages and enables patients to participate in their dialysis.
Telephone: 01438 284100
Home therapy team
Home haemodialysis senior sister: Natalia Storey
Peritoneal dialysis senior sister: Tracey Bellwood
Matron: Betty Sunil
Telephone: 01438 284100
Renal wards and acute dialysis unit (Lister Hospital)
Ward 6B is our main inpatient nephrology (kidney/renal) ward with 25 beds, situated on level 6 in the hospital’s main block. We also have some beds on the opposite ward, 6A. Our patients are cared for by a dedicated team of doctors, nurses, clinical support workers and other allied health care professionals. Within Ward 6B, we can undertake dialysis in the 4 bayed dedicated acute haemodialysis unit.
Renal ward and acute dialysis team
Ward 6B manager: Anne Barairo
Telephone: 01438 285063 or 01438 285064
Ward 6A manager: Rommel De Peralta
Telephone: 01438 285061 or 01438 285062
Acute dialysis senior sister: Lucy Skinner
Telephone: 01438 284174
Ward matron: Jocelyn Berdeprado
Acute dialysis matron: Betty Sunil
Renal Interventions Treatment Area (RITA)
Patients who do not need to be admitted to a ward for certain tests/procedures or intravenous medications can be treated here. This is a day unit at Lister Hospital on the concourse of Ward 6B. Day patients are cared for by a team of nurses and clinical support workers.
Telephone: 01438 284775
Sister: Shiny Abraham
Matron: Betty Sunil
We also provide a range of other services including:
Medicines are very important in the treatment of most kidney diseases. The pharmacy team work with doctors, nurses, and patients to make sure that patients receive the most appropriate medicines for them. As many renal patients take lots of medicines the pharmacy team ensure the doses are correct depending on how well the kidneys are working, check there are no interactions with different medicines and advise on side effects. As well as providing a pharmacy service to the ward, pharmacists also attend nephrology, post-transplant and Tolvaptan® clinics at the Lister site.
For patients who are prescribed medicines for their renal condition which GPs cannot prescribe, for example, immunosuppressants, Aranesp®, Eprex®, or Tolvaptan®, the team can prescribe these and arrange supplies including delivery in some cases. This includes patients who are seen at other sites.
Patients are welcome to contact the team with questions about their current medicines, to check any interactions with new medicines and also if they are interested in taking herbal supplements or are having problems obtaining medicines from their GP.
Clare Morlidge: Consultant renal pharmacist & President, UK Kidney Association
Charlotte Mallindine: Renal pharmacist
Telephone: 01438 284677
Clinical nurse specialist teams
Vascular access is a patient’s lifeline, so it is important to have good functioning access. An arterio venous fistula (AVF) is the gold standard in vascular access. Access must be ready for the start of dialysis and then looked after once on dialysis, to make sure it is functioning correctly. The access team support patients and arrange for them to have the right type of access for their kidney treatment.
The clinical nurse specialist in the team prioritise and arrange referrals to the vascular surgeons and interventional radiologists, coordinate access interventions and admissions for renal access surgery and coordinate and attend the renal access clinic. They also train and assist staff with tunnelled line insertions, coordinate the delivery of care to patients who have access problems and run a post op clinic where patients’ AVF are scanned to see whether the access is ready.
Renal access clinical nurse specialist: Jeanette Cloran
Telephone: 01438 284624 or 07342 060118
Patients are prepared for kidney transplants by our renal transplant team who work closely with the transplant centres at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge, London’s Royal Free and Hammersmith hospitals. Our patient information leaflets provide detailed information about kidney transplantation and the process for those patients waiting for a transplant. We also have a patient information leaflet about the process of living donation.