What we do

The Bendigo Health renal service offers comprehensive and multidisciplinary assessment care and management of kidney disease and kidney failure.

The Renal Service provides the community with haemodialysis (HD), home therapies (PD and HHD), chronic kidney disease (CKD) management, pre-transplant work-ups, post-transplant care, and supportive care management.

Renal Services provide haemodialysis in the community dialysis unit (CDU) and acute dialysis unit  (ADU) and home therapies provides training and support for those patients receiving PD and HHD. Holiday dialysis inquiries are welcome at any time, however places are limited due to service demand.

Who we care for

Renal Services provides care for chronic kidney disease, care collaboration, advanced kidney disease management, education and councelling, preparation and post care for transplantation. We also offer training and support for dialysis at home, dialysis in community settings close to home and supportive care. A suite of nephrology services including specialist clinics and well equipped inpatient dialysis services.

How to access this service

A written referral from your general practitioner (GP) is required to access renal services.

The referral will be categorised by a renal services triage consultant. You and the referring doctor will be notified by mail of the outcome of the referral, which will either be an appointment or placement on our waiting list.

For all enquiries regarding appointment times or changes, please contact our renal specialist outpatient clinic administration staff on 5454 8043.

Head of Department

Dr Chris Holmes

Community Dialysis Unit (CDU)
Level 4 Phillips Wing, Old Bendigo Hospital Site
Location

Stuart Street, Bendigo, VIC, 3550

Phone

03 5454 8045

Home Dialysis Unit (HDU)
Level 4 Phillips Wing, Old Bendigo Hospital Site
Location

Stuart Street, Bendigo, VIC, 3550

Phone

03 5454 8346

Acute Dialysis Unit (ADU)
Level 4 Ward 4A Bendigo Hospital
Location

100 Barnard Street
Entry via Mercy Street, Bendigo, VIC, 3550

Phone

03 5454 8045

How to refer your patient

Please send via eReferral using SeNT software or via fax to 03 5454 8047 or phone 5454 8043 

Indications for Referral to the Renal Unit Outpatient Clinic

  • Stage 4 and 5 chronic kidney disease (CKD) of any cause (eGFR <30mL/min/1.73m2)
  • Persistent significant albuminuria (albumin creatinine ratio ≥30 mg/mmol, or urinary protein excretion ≥500 mg/24 hours) – on at least 2 separate measurements and in the absence of urinary tract infection
  • A consistent decline in eGFR from a baseline of <60 ml/min/1.73 m2 (a decline >5 ml/min/1.73 m2 over a six month period which is confirmed on at least three separate readings)
  • Glomerular haematuria with urinary protein excretion ≥500 mg/24 hours
  • CKD and hypertension that is hard to get to target despite at least 3 anti-hypertensive agents. (Ambulatory BP monitoring [ABPM] is useful to exclude a ‘white coat effect’)

All referrals should be accompanied by basic investigations, including;

  • U&E
  • Creatinine
  • Calcium
  • Phosphate
  • FBE
  • MSU
  • Renal ultrasound

These tests should be ordered prior to referral as this information allows more accurate triage of referrals and a more timely and prompt identification of more urgent renal problems.

Information for GPs/health professionals

The Renal Unit provides a 24 hour a day consultative service through the switchboard at the Bendigo Hospital on 03 5454 6000. During business hours, please speak to the Renal Registrar, and out of hours ask to speak to the Renal Physician on call. If there is uncertainty about the appropriateness of a referral, or an acute renal issue for which the doctor requires advice, a phone call may well help sort the issue out promptly and avoid unnecessary delays in patient assessment.

Clinical service overview

The Bendigo Health renal service offers comprehensive and multidisciplinary assessment care and management of kidney disease and kidney failure.

The Renal Service provides the community with haemodialysis (HD), home therapies (PD and HHD), chronic kidney disease (CKD) management, pre-transplant work-ups, post-transplant care, and supportive care management.

Renal Services provide haemodialysis in the community dialysis unit (CDU) and acute dialysis unit (ADU) and home therapies provide training and support for those patients receiving PD and HHD. Holiday dialysis enquiries are welcome at any time, via phone (03) 5454 8045, however places are limited due to service demand.

Head of Department

Dr Chris Holmes

Community Dialysis Unit (CDU)
Level 4 Phillips Wing, Old Bendigo Hospital Site
Location

Stuart Street, Bendigo, VIC, 3550

Phone

03 5454 8045

Home Dialysis Unit (HDU)
Level 4 Phillips Wing, Old Bendigo Hospital Site
Location

Stuart Street, Bendigo, VIC, 3550

Phone

03 5454 8346

Acute Dialysis Unit (ADU)
Level 4 Ward 4A Bendigo Hospital
Location

100 Barnard Street
Entry via Mercy Street, Bendigo, VIC, 3550

Phone

03 5454 8045