Current visiting times

After suspending visiting earlier in the year, we are now able to offer limited visiting to some wards at the discretion of the nurse in-charge.”

Read more on visiting times...


Messages for loved ones and keeping in touch

We recognise the impact that a long stay in hospital can have on families and the importance of maintaining strong communication.  Our ward staff are keeping in touch with patients’ next of kin directly and our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) can help pass on personal messages from family and friends.

Read more information about messages for loved ones…

Current visiting times

After suspending visiting earlier in the year, we are now able to offer limited visiting to some wards at the discretion of the nurse in-charge.”

Read more on visiting times...


Messages for loved ones and keeping in touch

We recognise the impact that a long stay in hospital can have on families and the importance of maintaining strong communication.  Our ward staff are keeping in touch with patients’ next of kin directly and our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) can help pass on personal messages from family and friends.

Read more information about messages for loved ones…

During your stay in hospital you will meet a number of different members of staff.  All members of staff wear name badges, but if you are not sure who someone is or what they do, please feel free to ask them to introduce themselves and explain what they do. 

If you have any questions about your treatment, please ask a doctor or a nurse.

There are lots of opportunities for you to get involved with the Trust, from volunteering to attending our public meetings, our Annual General Meeting or our hospital open day which is held every year.

Meet The Team

Last updated: 24 May 2021

Introduction

The renal informatics team looks after the various electronic systems used by the service which store invaluable information regarding patients’ blood results, treatment, prescriptions, drugs and other relevant medical information.

The team also provides monitoring and audit information to clinicians and management team that aids in decision making and helps provide better patient care.

We also oversee the unit's contribution to national audit programmes such as the UK Renal Registry and NHS Blood and Transplant.

If you are interested in reading more about these, please consult the "further reading" section below.

 

PatientView

The team assists Wessex Kidney Centre patients with gaining access to the PatientView system which allows them to access their own blood results, letters and information about their diagnosis and treatment.

To find out more visit the PatientView website or download the PatientView information leaflet.

If you wish to join PatientView, please download and complete the enrolment form.  Once you have completed it, please take it to your next appointment or dialysis session and ask a member of staff to witness the form and forward it to the Renal Informatics team at QA.


Meet our team 

Dr Tim Leach is Medical IT Lead and provides advice and guidance to the informatics team. He represents informatics among the consultant nephrologists.

Jonas Willemsen is the renal information and systems manager and has overall responsibility for renal informatics and the systems used by the unit.

Sheila Davies is the renal data administrator and is our local administrator for the PatientView system.

To contact the team please call 02392 286000 Ext 1003.

Please note that while we are more than happy to assist you with PatientView queries, we cannot comment on your blood results or clinical treatment.

If you have any concerns about the contents of any of your blood tests or letters, you should contact your consultant via their secretary.

 

Data Protection and Privacy

You can read more about how PHT manages patient information on the Information Governance pages.

Further reading
• UK Renal Registry
• The Renal Association's page on Informatics
• NHS Blood and Transplant

Dr Natalie Borman

Care group director at Wessex Kidney Centre

(MBBCh, FRCPUK, MRCP(neph), MD)

 

I qualified from the University of Wales College of Medicine in 2003 and became a nephrology consultant at Wessex Kidney Centre in 2014.

At the University of Southampton, I completed a research MD in transplant pharmacogenetics. I am the clinical lead for home haemodialysis with one of the largest Home Hd programmes in the UK.

My areas of clinical expertise are haemodialysis and home haemodialysis and I also provide nephrology services in the Salisbury and surrounding areas.

In 2018, I became the care group director for WKC.

 

Steven Dudfield

Renal general manager

 

My role involves day to day management of the department including responsibilities towards workforce, finance, governance, and performance.

Specifically areas I’m currently involved in are; developing a strategy for haemodialysis across the whole WKC region,

developing a CSC wide cost improvement plan, working to improve the patient transport experience, and developing the ward board rounds taking place on the inpatient wards.

Outside of work I have a wonderful wife and little one called Sammy. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. To relax I enjoy cycling the bike, surfing (once in a blue moon these days), and walking the dog.

 

Keith Graetz

Clinical director for transplant

Consultant transplant and general surgeon
(MA MB BChir FRCS DM)

 

I have been a consultant surgeon in Portsmouth for more 10 years. My specialist interests include live donor kidney surgery (donor and recipient) and laparoscopic and open splenectomy surgery.

I also offer a high volume renal failure surgery, abdominal hernia and benign biliary surgery service.

This is supported by active involvement with emergency transplant/renal failure surgery and general surgery.

I am currently the clinical lead for transplantation at PHU and actively participate in live donor pathway development at a national level.

I also have an extended role in mentoring, supervising and training junior surgeons and newly qualified doctors.

Shelia Humphrey

Renal head of nursing

 

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Mr Paul Gibbs

Consultant Transplant Surgeon

MD FRCS

 

In 1992, I qualified from Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School, London. I worked with the transplant units at Harefield, Cardiff, Portsmouth and Oxford before taking up my substantive post at the Wessex Kidney Centre in February 2005.

As both a trained vascular and renal transplant surgeon I have a special interest in vascular access and I am the departmental lead. I have been a member of the British Transplantation Society Council (2011 to 2017).

I am currently a member of the BTS Ethics Committee. I am also a committee member of the BTS Chapter of Surgeons and the Plymouth and Portsmouth representative on the Kidney Advisory Group.

I also serve as the Secretary of the Vascular Access Society of Britain and Ireland since 2014, and was President in from 2017 to 2019.

Having been a founder member of the altruistic donor charity Give a Kidney: one’s enough in 2011, I continue to be a Trustee and member of the charity’s steering committee.



Mr Prodromos Laftsidis

Consultant Transplant Surgeon

 

Since 2015, I have been a consultant transplant and vascular access surgeon at PHU.

I completed my surgical training at Democritus University of Thrace in Greece where I also completed my MSc and I am currently a PhD candidate.

I worked as a senior HPB fellow at the Royal Marsden Hospital, London Clinic and North Manchester Hospital.

In April 2012 I was appointed at the Cardiff and Vale University Hospital of Wales where I was trained in kidney and pancreas transplantation and multi-organ procurement. I am affiliated with the transplant unit of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.

My areas of interest are transplantation, laparoscopic living donor nephrectomies and complex vascular access.

Mr Szabolcs Horvath

Consultant Transplant Surgeon

In 2004, I qualified from Medical University of Pecs, Hungary and then worked in the Department of Surgery at the university between 2004 and 2013 with an interest of general, transplant and hepatobiliary surgery including keyhole surgery for hernias, gallstones and nephrectomies.

I finished my training and became a consultant surgeon in 2012. Between 2013 and 2016 I was a post CCT clinical fellow in Transplantation and Organ retrieval in Cardiff Transplant Unit, University Hospital of Wales.

I joined Wessex Kidney Centre in Portsmouth in 2016 as a locum consultant transplant and general surgeon and in June 2017 I was appointed to a substantive post.

My special interest is minimally invasive surgery including donor nephrectomies, hernias and gallbladder operations and also in postgraduate surgical training.

I am a member of the British Transplant Society, European Society of Organ Transplantation, Hungarian Transplant Society, and Hungarian Surgical Society.



 



 

 

 

 



 

Dr Robert Lewis 

(MD FRCP)

In 1984, I graduated from Westminster Medical School, now part of Imperial College London. I trained as a nephrologist in London, working at St Bartholomew’s, Kings College and Guy’s Hospitals.

In 1996 I completed my higher medical (MD) at Guy’s Hospital in and have been a consultant nephrologist at the Wessex Kidney Centre since 1997. I was director of the service between 2001 and 2008 and took on the role again in 2016.

My clinics are held at St Richards Hospital, Chichester and at Bognor Regis War Memorial Hospital. My area of interest is early chronic kidney disease (CKD). I was the founder member of the national CKD Strategy Group and helped develop the 2014 NICE guidelines for management of CKD in the UK.

In 2012 I wrote Chronic Kidney Disease: a guide for the non-specialist. I have held executive committee roles with the Renal Association and British Renal Association and am currently working with NICE to develop clinical guidelines and quality standards.

I am married to a local GP and live with our two teenage kids (and Alfie the dog) in Old Portsmouth. Music is my thing; Beethoven, Wagner, Prog-rock, Hendrix, Blues, Hip-hop - don’t care as long as it’s loud.

Dr Amir Bhanji

Consultant Nephrologist

MD

In 2013, I completed my training in renal medicine, during which I completed a master degree in health policy, planning and financing.

I started as a Renal Consultant at the Wessex Kidney Centre in 2014. I am consultant lead for the haemodialysis programme that includes one hospital unit and eight regional dialysis units.

Currently, I am working on the 10 year strategy for haemodialysis provision across Wessex, which may involve re-tendering of existing units.

I like to spend my free time with friends and family. I enjoy gardening and when I get a chance I will try and get out on my bicycle for a short cycle around the South Downs.

 

Dr Tahmina Rahman

Consultant Nephrologist

BSc.(Hons), MBChB, MRCP(Neph)

I graduated with an honours degree in Biochemistry from King's College, London before completing medical training at the University of Edinburgh in 1996.

I worked in GIM at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford and started higher specialist training in nephrology in the West Midlands Deanery.

After completing training in nephrology and Rrenal transplantation in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, I joined the Wessex Kidney Centre (WKC) in 2014.

I divide my time between the WKC and the University of Southampton where I have a research interest in urinary tract infections.


Dr Jacqueline Nevols

Consultant Nephrologist

BSc (Hons) BM MRCP MSc

In 2002, I qualified in medicine with an intercalated biomedical science degree from the University of Southampton.

I started renal medicine in 2005 as a trainee and became a consultant nephrologist in 2016.

In the same year, gained a Masters degree in nephrology from the University of Brighton University.

My specialist interests and clinical lead role is in conservative management of kidney disease and end of life care for renal patients.

My clinical role is based at Queen Alexandra Hospital and I also see patients closer to their homes at Gosport War Memorial and Fareham Community Hospitals. Additionally I work at the Havant satellite dialysis unit.

I am also chief investigator for randomised controlled clinical trials of treatments for our patients at Wessex Kidney Centre.


Outside of work I am a mum to three young boys and I spend my (limited) free time keeping fit and playing the piano.

 


Dr Tim Leach

Consultant Nephrologist

DM FRCP

After graduating in Southampton graduating in 1991, my junior doctor training was divided between Portsmouth and Bristol, with a brief stay in Australia before returning to do specialist renal training in Portsmouth.

I completed a MD degree in cell biology in renal transplantation through the University of Southampton and started my consultant post in the Wessex Kidney Centre in 2003.

I was the service director for eight years until 2016 and now focus on patient care and renal information technology (IT).

My clinics are in Basingstoke and Alton for nephrology, CKD, advanced kidney care, haemodialysis and post-transplant care.

I cover the renal inpatients on the wards in Southampton General Hospital for two weeks in ten. Away from medicine I am a keen runner and am a season ticket holder at my local Premiership football team.

Dr Kirsten Armstrong

Consultant Nephrologist

BSc PhD MRCP

I have been a consultant nephrologist at WKC since 2010 and at University Hospital Southampton since 2007, working full-time across both sites.

I completed my undergraduate training at Kings College Hospital, London and undertook my specialist training in South Thames.

I completed a Clinical PhD in cardiovascular risk in patients with chronic kidney disease at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia where I spent two years and have presented my research at national and international conferences.

I have 8 first author publications related to my research. My PhD was awarded Dean's recommendation for University reading list.

My specialist interests are Transition and AKI and I am clinical lead for both at PHU and UHS respectively. I am also lead for clinical governance and clinical effectiveness at PHU

As much as I enjoy my work, time spent with my husband and two children provides a daily reminder that maintaining a good work / life balance is what it is all about - easy to say but hard to achieve!


Dr Kathryn Bostock

Consultant Nephrologist

MBBS BSc MSc FRCP

In 1999, I qualified from Imperial College (St Mary's), London and undertook my nephrology registrar training in Wessex.

During this time I completed a Masters in Nephrology and Management at the University of Brighton and became a consultant nephrologist in 2013.

I am joint lead for the peritoneal dialysis service (with Anna Sampson), travelling across the region to provide specialist MDT clinics to PD patients.

We also both manage the Isle of Wight Nephrology Service, including 40-50 Haemodialysis patients within the IOW Satellite Unit.

I am the Junior Doctor Lead within the department, responsible for the recruitment, supervision, education and support of SHO grade doctors, ensuring they get the most from their placements with us.

I have three young children and enjoy running (mostly around after them!) but also take part in local races and try to keep the garden tidy!

 

Dr Geraint Dingley

Consultant Nephrologist

PhD MRCP(Nephrology)

In 2000, I qualified from the University of Nottingham and since then I have worked across the UK and in New Zealand.

 I am one of the nephrologists providing out-patient and dialysis services to Salisbury District Hospital and I am a member of the transplant team at Queen Alexandra Hospital.

I have an interest in basic science research and continue to work in the labs at the University of Southampton where I undertake my work and supervise postgraduate science students.


Dr Christine Gast

Awaiting bio

Dr Mark Uniacke

Consultant Nephrologist

MB Bch BAO BMed Sc DM FRCP


Dr Nick Sangala

Consultant Nephrologist

After graduating from Guys, Kings, and St Thomas school of medicine in London in 2004,  I completed my training as a nephrologist and intensivist in 2016.

 I now work as a consultant nephrologist here at the Wessex Kidney Centre where my area of interest is haemodialysis, home haemodialysis and vascular access.

Additionally, I developed a patient centre web app promoting shared care and self care which allows the clinical team to monitor patients remotely.

 

Dr Anna Sampson

Consultant Nephrologist

MA BM BCh MRCP

In 1998, I qualified from Oxford University Medical School and then completed my specialist training in general medicine and nephrology in 2010, working in Gloucester, Cheltenham, Bristol, Reading and Oxford.

 I worked in Canberra, Australia for three years before taking up my consultant post at the Wessex Kidney Unit in 2013.

Together with Dr Katie Bostock I am joint lead for peritoneal dialysis. I also run clinics in Portsmouth, Basingstoke and Bognor with the PD nursing team.

Every week I enjoy the hovercraft trip over to the Isle of Wight, where I am joint nephrology lead and run nephrology, dialysis and transplant clinics at St Mary’s Hospital in Newport.

Outside of work, home life with a husband and two children is great fun but pretty hectic.


Dr Eirini Synodinou

Consultant Nephrologist

MD, MRCP Neph (UK Equiv.)

I qualified from the University of Ferrara, in Italy, and I trained as a nephrologist in Athens, Greece, in one of the biggest and most respected nephrology and transplantation centres in the country.

In 2009, I completed my training and started working as a consultant nephrologist in Greece. I joined the WKC in 2014, initially in a registrar role and became a consultant in 2016.

I am based at QA and in the Havant Satellite Dialysis Unit. I am proud of being an active member of the transplant team and am currently focused on updating and creating policies and guidelines for our transplant unit in order to improve our patients’ outcomes.

 

 

Dr Kristin Veighey

Consultant Nephrologist

 


Dr Venkat Gangaram

Consultant Nephrologist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Renal Vascular Access Team aims to look after all forms of vascular accesses for haemodialysis patients. The team ensures the pathway to fistula formation is as smooth as possible for our patients.

The team has recently started a one stop fistula assessment clinic on a Friday morning, in this clinic the patient will have education about his/ her fistula, a scan to assess the quality of the veins and a surgical review.

 


Sarah Kattenhorn has worked on the Renal Unit for 33 years and Claire Whitehill-Worked on the Renal unit for 20 years.
Funding for some of the equipment for this clinic was raised by a sky dive the team took part in April 2017. The team is always ready for the next challenge.

Contact the vascular team on

QA phone number 02392 286000 Bleep 0003

Sarah Kattenhorn mobile 07834 150020

Claire Whitehill mobile 07834 150018

What we do and where we cover

We are a group of 6 enthusiastic dietitians who cover pre-dialysis clinics, acute inpatient wards, haemodialysis units, peritoneal dialysis and home haemodialysis. We cover a wide geographical area including Portsmouth, Bognor Regis, Basingstoke, Chandlers Ford, Isle of Wight, Salisbury, Havant, Totton and Milford and have nearly 100 years of experience between us!

The main topics we cover are weight loss/gain, high dietary potassium, high dietary phosphate, dietary advice for gout and renal stones and pre-dialysis advice. We keep up-to-date with evidence based practice and regularly present at conferences on our department research and audits.

Our contact details

Renal Dietetics, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Southwick Hill Road, Portsmouth, PO6 3LY

02392 286000 ext 1016/1014

Interested to know about your diet as an inpatient? Click here!

For general dietetic advice, please click here.

Diet in Kidney Disease: Videos

Twitter Feed

Important links

http://www.britishkidney-pa.co.uk/ 

https://www.bda.uk.com/ 

https://britishrenal.org/aboutus/ 

https://bts.org.uk/ 

http://www.renal.org 

http://kidney.org.uk/ 

https://www.selfmanagementuk.org/ 

Diet Sheets

Losing weight with kidney disease

Diet and gout in Early CKD

Potassium dietary advice

Phosphate dietary advice

Advice on salt

 


Research within the Wessex Kidney Centre

The Wessex Kidney Centre hosts the recently established Academic Department of Renal Medicine that aims to deliver high quality research and innovation across all aspects from basic science to patient facing research. The Department draws upon its multidisciplinary team to build an integrated portfolio of research that supports national NIHR sponsored trials, Portfolio adopted Chief Investigator-led research, local research and staff development, with the undertaking of higher qualifications. We have been locally and nationally recognised for our contributions to studies and for our innovation in areas such as patient education.

What does Research mean to the Wessex Kidney Centre?

Research provides the opportunity to work closely with people to look at a question or problem or quality issue and address it in a way that we can learn and benefit from that. The aim is to
•develop new treatments or drugs for patients
•prevent illnesses
•improve quality of life
•improve our understanding of medical conditions
•understand the emotional and physical support you need if you're living with a medical condition.

Currently we run 17 NIHR studies covering a wide variety of areas representing the scope of interests within the Unit. These interests include local CTIMPs and interventional studies.


Useful links include

https://www.kidneyresearchuk.org/research/uk-renal-research-strategy 

http://wessexkpa.org.uk 

http://www.porthosp.nhs.uk/research 

http://www.kidneypatientguide.org.uk 

https://www.nihr.ac.uk 

 


The exceptional Renal Admin team ensures the best possible service is provided to our Patients, Clinicians and Nursing team. Our team consists of a Service Manager, PA/Admin Manager, Donor Admin Coordinator, Outpatient/PTL Coordinator, Inpatient Administrators, Outpatient Administrators, Medical Secretaries, Data Administrator, Anaemia/TIS Administrators as well as numerous volunteers who also support inpatient and outpatient activity.

Our Renal Admin team supports clinicians and nurses with various administrative tasks including; booking, recording and preparation of all outpatient and inpatient activity. Secretarial support to all Consultants and Surgeons, administrative support to the Transplant Coordination team, Anaemia, HD and TIS helps support the excellent care given to our Renal patients. In addition our teams also supports the Renal Management team in related matters such as Finance and Business Intelligence.

 


Meet Jane Elmes - Renal Service Manager

I started in the WKC in 2006 as an administrator progressing to my current position as Renal Service Manager. My role is to support the provision of operational management to the Senior Management team and for the CSC working closely with the clinical lead to ensure the smooth operational running of the Unit and our satellite units. As part of my role of support and deputize for the General Manager and Renal IT Manager.

The role I undertake for the unit is exciting, demanding, fulfilling and varied. I enjoy the fact that no day is ever the same, never knowing what the day ahead will bring. I feel truly honoured to support such a passionate, dedicated, hardworking and exceptional CSC.

When I do have time to relax I like to spend time with my husband and family as well as reading, running and general relaxation.

What We Do and Where We Cover

We are a team of 4 experienced renal nurses who offer support and advice for patients and their families with Advanced Chronic Kidney Disease.

Our role is to help you prepare and plan for all aspects of Renal Replacement Therapy (Dialysis, either Haemodialysis or Peritoneal Dialysis),Transplantation and Conservative Management.

We cover a wide geographical area including Hampshire and IOW, West Sussex and Wiltshire.

We run regular clinics within which you will meet one of the Advanced Kidney Care nurses and a dietitian.

Our initial assessment is an hour long appointment where you will be given an overview of the treatment options available and the opportunity to have your questions answered. We encourage you to bring a family member or friend with you to this appointment.

Following assessment and education, discussion will take place about treatment choices and a plan of care will be agreed, enabling you to choose the type of treatments most suited to your lifestyle.

Our Contact Details

Advanced Kidney Care Nurses (Aileen Heminsley, Anna Morgan, Lynn Watkins and Christine White)
Wessex Kidney Centre, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Southwick Hill Road, Portsmouth, Hants PO6 3LY

Telephone 02392 286000 ext 1033/1049

Alison Samways, Administrative Support 02392 286000 ext 3361

Chronic Kidney Disease

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a long term condition where the kidneys slowly stop working. This means that the kidneys are unable to do their usual jobs, such as removing waste and excess water from the body. As a result harmful toxins and excess fluid build up in the body.
Usually people with advanced CKD have kidneys that are permanently damaged and at some stage will stop working altogether as the disease progresses. The rate at which the kidneys deteriorate will vary from person to person.

Thinking About Dialysis Decisions

You will be expected to make an informed decision about your treatment at different stages as your kidney disease progresses. All dialysis options have side effects and are life-changing. You will need to think carefully about which dialysis treatment suits you and your lifestyle best.
The majority of people will be able to have the dialysis treatment they choose. However, some people have a medical reason which means that one dialysis option is better for them than another.

When To Make A Choice

You will need to make a decision regarding your choice of dialysis before your kidneys fail. This is for the following reasons:

  • So that you can decide on which treatment is best suited to you and your lifestyle
  • To allow timely planning for dialysis access
  • Your long term health outcomes will be better if dialysis is planned in advance.

You will be expected to make a decision with the help of your kidney doctor and the Advanced Kidney Care nurses about the type of renal replacement therapy. If you choose not to have any renal replacement therapy you will also be offered supportive care, also known as conservative care.

A Guide to your Renal Choices (11-part video series)

Useful Links

Wessex Kidney Patient Association
www.wessexkidneypatientsassociation.org/

Kidney Care UK
www.kidneycareuk.org
01420 541424

National Kidney Federation
www.kidney.org.uk
0800 169 0936

Renal Association
www.renal.org

Kidney Research UK
www.kidneyresearchuk.org

NHS Organ Donation
www.organdonation.nhs.uk

NHS Chronic Kidney Disease
www.nhs.uk/conditions/kidney-disease

Your Dialysis Journey
www.yourdialysisjourney.co.uk

 

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