The Unit treats patients with end stage renal failure requiring renal replacement therapy in the form of CAPD (Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis).
When the kidneys fail the fluid and waste products healthy kidneys normally deal with accumulates in the blood stream making the patient unwell. Dialysis (CAPD) artificially removes this fluid and waste products.
CAPD is a therapy mainly performed by the patient to themselves in their own home. On Albert Ward we teach the patient, family and carers how to perform the dialysis. We support patients in dialysis related emergency situations, offering an ‘open door’ policy direct to the unit Monday - Friday. Additionally, we provide maintenance, surveillance and on-going training to this patient group.
Additionally, the CAPD Unit also handles the maintenance IV drug therapy side of the care of some renal transplant and pre-dialysis patients.
The unit also performs native and transplanted kidney biopsies for patients who are suitable and assists the Haemodialysis Units with vascular access issues when required.
To access the ‘open door’ policy all we ask is that a telephone call be made to the unit prior to attending. 0118 322 8555.
The Unit holds consultant-led weekly CAPD clinics at Royal Berkshire Hospital and there are monthly clinics at West Berkshire Community Hospital and Windsor.
|Monday||9.00am - 5.00pm|
|Tuesday||9.00am - 5.00pm|
|Wednesday||9.00am - 5.00pm|
|Thursday||9.00am - 5.00pm|
|Friday||9.00am - 5.00pm|
Out of hours, weekends & bank holidays: patients can gain advice and are given emergency cover via Victoria Ward, Battle Block level 2. ( 0118 322 7476 or 0118 322 7462).
A nurse-only clinic for blood tests is run once a month at West Berkshire Community Hospital and Windsor to save patients from travelling to Reading.
We advise against young children visiting plus anyone (patient or visitor) who has had sickness or diarrhoea within the last 48 hours please inform the nursing staff before attending the department. This minimizes the risks to other renal patients. Space is limited, but relatives and/or supporters are welcome to accompany patients.
Sister Barbara Harris
Matron: Angela Clarke
Consultants: Dr O Flossmann
Always bring a list of current medications and, if on CAPD, your current dialysis record book. If attending for CAPD training, or if your visit is likely to be more than two hours, bring reading material and a snack particularly if you are diabetic.
Please inform us of any mobile/telephone number or address changes.
Albert Ward, North Block
NHS Foundation Trust
Reading RG1 5AN
0118 322 8555
0118 322 7476 or 0118 322 7462 Out of hours emergency cover via Victoria Ward, Battle Block level 2.