The Wessex Kidney Centre (WKC) at Queen Alexandra Hospital is a regional renal and transplant centre, looking after more than 1,500 patients on renal replacement therapy (transplant, haemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis) and performing around 100 kidney transplants a year.

Department Manager/Staff Contact Number Fax Number
Care Group Director Dr Amir Bhanji    
General Manager Melanie Teasdale 023 92 286000 Ext 1061  
Head of Nursing Vacant 023 92 286000 Ext 4035  
Matron Josie Murphy / Aileen Heminsley/ Danilo Abat 02392 286000 Ext 1074 / 1103  
Service Manager Jane Elmes 02392 286000 Ext 1006  
Renal Day Ward Francis Fabi 02392 286000 Ext 1042  
Ward G9 Lauren Whitcher 02392 286000 Ext 1102  
Ward G6 Vivien Apalit 02392 286000 Ext 1100  
Portsmouth Main Hub (HU) Rommel Nase 02392 286000 Ext 1085/1084  
Fareham Renal Dialysis Sharon Huggins 01489 357600  
Isle of Wight Dialysis Unit Victoria Phelps 01983 821314  
Totton Dialysis Unit Susan Court 02380 660195 02380 660195
Bognor Dialysis Unit Elizabeth Muldoon 01243 862175  
Basingstoke Dialysis Unit Vacant 01256 338580 01256 338581
Chandlers Ford Dialysis Unit Margaret Allyn 02380 279270 02380 279278
Havant Dialysis Unit Mia-Dana Baldean 02392 479300 02392 479190
Milford Dialysis Unit Betty Idicula 01590 630660 01590 641077
Sailsbury Dialysis Unit Adrian White 01722 411441 01722 411605
Renal Informatics Jin Baichun/Sheila Davies 02392 286000 Ext 1003  
Transplant Immunosuppression Service Louise Shone 02392283361  
EPO Team Theresa Journeaux-Brown 02392 286000 Ext 6641  
Peritoneal Dialysis Toots Ansell 01489 587411  
Renal Dietitians Clare Grout 02392 286000 ext 1014/1016  

 

Centres Address Phone number
Portsmouth Main Hub (HU) Queen Alexandra Hospital, Floor G, HU Dialysis unit, Southwick Hill Road, Cosham, PO6 3LY 02392 286000
Fareham Dialysis Unit Fareham Community Hospital, Brook Lane, Fareham, SO31 7DQ 01489 357600
Springfield Renal Care Centre Bognor Regis War Memorial Hospital, Shripney Road, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, PO22 9PP 01243 862175
Totton Dialysis Unit Testwood Lane, Southampton, SO40 3ZN 02380 660195
Isle of Wight Dialysis Unit St Marys Hospital, Parkhurst Road, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 5TG 01983 821314
Chandlers Ford Dialysis Unit Unit A, Ground Floor, School Lane, Eastleigh, SO53 4DG 02380 279270
Salisbury Dialysis Unit Block 10, Salisbury District Hospital, Odstock Road, Wiltshire, SP2 8BJ 01722 411441
Havant Dialysis Unit Block C, Langstone Gate, Solent Road, Havant, PO9 1TR 02392 479300
Milford Dialysis Unit The Joy Ginder Suite, Milford on Sea War Memorial Hospital, Sea Road, Milford on Sea, SO41 0PG 01590 644135
Basingstoke Dialysis Unit Unit 7, The Ringway Centre, Edison Road, Basingstoke, RG21 6YH 01256 338580
Southampton General Hospital Tremona Road, Southampton, SO16 6YD 02380 777222

 

The Wessex Kidney Centre manages patients with all Nephrological illnesses including acute,chronic, and end stage renal failure in patients of age 16 years upwards. All modalities of Renal Replacement Therapy (RRT) are available – haemodialysis (HD), haemodia filtration (HDF), peritoneal dialysis (PD), automated peritoneal dialysis (APD) and Renal Transplantation.


A comprehensive range of investigative procedures for all renal diseases is provided. The transplantation service provides an organ retrieval service, which has strong links with intensive care units and multi-organ transplant centres nation-wide.

Outpatients

The WKC has its own integral out-patient department and the facility to see programme patients as emergencies during the day. If you have provided us your mobile number a text reminder is sent to you before your appointment date. If you want to withdraw from this service, please let reception know.


When you arrive for your appointment, please let reception know so they can record your attendance. Also if there are any changes in your contact details please let reception know so your record can be updated on our systems.

Inpatient Facilities

Inpatient Beds

There are three dedicated Inpatient wards: G6, G7 and G9. The current bed complement is 45-49, with an additional 6 beds on the Renal Day Ward.

Visiting Hours

Access to the Hospital is 24 hours a day / 7 day’s a week, however, visiting hours in Renal wards are generally  2pm to 8pm.

Quiet room

There is a quiet room for visitors that can be accessed during visiting hours.

Peritoneal Dialysis

The Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) Team is based in Fareham Community Hospital within the Renal Unit. The PD department is open Monday to Friday from 7.30am to 5pm and there is a PD Nurse on call from 8am to 8pm on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays.


Our aim is to encourage our patients to be independent and manage their own dialysis at home with the support of the team. In order to facilitate this, we provide home based training and patient follow up. We also run an out-patient based treatment facility.


There are two main types of PD, which can generally be adapted to fit around your lifestyle. We select the therapy type and system according to the patient’s needs and offer both surgical and medical insertion of PD catheter. We have 3 Consultant Nephrologists with a specialist interest in PD, who run clinics for our patients on 6 different sites across the region.


We work very closely with the other departments within the Wessex Kidney Centre and believe that all renal patients should be on the right therapy, in the right place, at the right time.


The Peritoneal Dialysis Team at the Wessex Kidney Centre is both nationally and internationally recognised for their expertise in PD and the quality of the care that they deliver to their patients.

Home Dialysis

The Wessex Kidney Centre set about establishing a new Home Haemodialysis (HHD) programme in 2009 in response to the NICE recommendations and patient advocacy. Prior to this there had been no HHD programme since 1999. The unit has now established a large and rapidly growing HHD programme including a number of patients on nocturnal therapy. Due to the success of our programme the HHD team are regularly invited to other units and conferences to share our experience.


The programme is run by Dr Natalie Borman (the Consultant lead), Dr Nick Sangala, Sister Nikki Pacy and 3 additional nurses.


The team has a training facility based at Fareham Community Hospital and have exceeded the NICE recommendations that 10% of all HD patients should be dialysing at home. The team are also active in the Advanced Kidney Care clinic to ensure that HHD is considered as an option for all.

The team works hard to promote HHD and have participated in a number of media events including television, radio and newspaper articles to raise awareness of HHD for dialysis patients and the general public. A number of awareness days for staff and patients have also taken place, with a plan to continue providing these across the region.


The team provides monthly reviews for all patients in their home in addition to specialist clinics and the team are contactable 6 days a week for patient quires.


Research is a key part of our programme with several studies planned for the near future.
WKC has the largest NxStage HHD programme in the world, with Dr Borman and Sister Pacy leading the education and advisory groups in Europe.


We are committed to providing a programme which adapts to the needs of our patients and have successfully overcome many perceived barriers to make the programme that success that it is today.

Renal Transplantation

The Transplant team is led by Mr Rupesh Sutaria (Clinical Director, Transplantation). The service provides acute and chronic transplantation services for the region, including all work up,surgical, nephrological and nursing care, dedicated anaesthetic staff, transplant coordinators (living donor, recipient and post-transplant), surgery and immediate, middle- and longer-term post-transplant management for donors and recipients.

Hand-assisted laparoscopic nephrectomy is the donor operation of choice although it is likely that we will offer robot assisted surgery to selected patients in the future.

There are a good number of local DCD (Donation after Cardiac Death) donations and a dynamic and increasing living donor programme, with one of the highest number of non-directed altruistic donations in the country. The local commissioners favour transplantation, particularly pre-emptive (where patient has not started dialysis yet).

Four Nephrologists provide the immediate peri- and post-transplant care with the transplant surgeons and specialist nursing team.

Conservative Care

  • For a variety of reasons, sometimes patients are unable, or choose not to receive dialysis or a transplant when their kidneys fail. There is much that can be done these days to improve symptoms of kidney disease for those patients not on specific renal replacement therapy.


Conservative care focuses on a patient’s quality of life, rather than initiating medical interventions which may not be appropriate in some cases. This approach involves treating anaemia with erythropoietin, dietary changes and sometimes medication to control symptoms.This happens alongside discussions with the patient regarding their wishes for their healthcare for the future.

Haemodialysis

The WKC has an on-site haemodialysis centre with 25 stations at Queen Alexandra Hospital. In addition, the WKC has eight satellite dialysis units.


Five are NHS run and staffed:

  • Milford-on-Sea, New Forest (7)
  • Bognor Regis (14 stations)
  • Totton in Southampton (9)
  • Isle of Wight (10)
  • Fareham Dialysis (25)

The remainder are privately run and subcontracted;

  • Basingstoke (24) with BBraun
  • Chandlers Ford, Southampton (18) with Fresenius
  • Havant, Portsmouth (25) with Diaverium

  • Salisbury (11) with Diaverium 


The current five-year development plan with commissioning partners delivered full outpatient haemodialysis capacity in 2013. Further expansion is being planned with the Trust and external

consultation. Renal Consultants hold regular dialysis clinics within the units. Peritoneal dialysis, home haemodialysis and transplant patients beyond the first three months are all seen as close to home as possible. At least 60% of outpatient activity occurs away from the Portsmouth hub.


Dr Katey Flowers leads the Haemodialysis sub group within the WKC.

We are a highly skilled multidisciplinary team, with expertise across a range of subspecialties.

Our renal service consists of three main areas – nephrology (the study of the kidneys), transplantation, and dialysis, providing a service across a number of sites.

We also specialise in the care and treatment of patients with acute, chronic and end stage kidney disease and offer treatments including:

  • Haemodialysis
  • Haemodiafiltration
  • Home therapies - peritoneal dialysis and home haemodialysis
  • Acute therapies - plasma exchange and haemofiltration

The below services are located on G Level at Queen Alexandra Hospital.

  • Wards G6, G7 and G9
  • Haemodialysis department
  • Renal Outpatients
  • Renal Day Ward

 

 

Opening hours

  • Wards G6, G7 and G9: Open 24/7 for patients. Visiting hours are between 2pm and 8pm.
  • Haemodialysis Unit: 7am to 11.30pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from 7am to 6pm Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday .
  • Renal Day Ward: 7am to 7pm.
  • Renal Outpatients: 8am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday, and 8am to 4.30pm on Friday.
  • Renal Phlebotomy Service: 9am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday, and 9am to 1pm on Friday.