We know how important it is for patients and families to be able to see visitors. Please help us keep our patients and staff as safe as possible by checking the guidance below before you visiting.
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 Voluntary Services team can help pass on personal messages from family and friends.
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.”
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.
The Queen Alexandra Hospital is located just on the hill slopes of Portsdown Hill overlooking Portsmouth. It is conveniently situated for both the M27 and A3M.
Family members and carers play an important role in supporting patients during an episode of ill health. We are committed to the active involvement of family members, friends and carers during a hospital stay. Family members and carers play an important role in supporting patients during an episode of ill health.
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If you've had experience of using our services and would like to make a comment then please contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS). Your views are very important to us and we would like to hear where you think improvements are needed or where things have gone so well that you would like to share your thanks or gratitude with the staff involved. When things have not gone so well then you can be sure that we want to hear from you, so please get in touch with PALS.
Our Strategy – Working Together, Improving Together
Our strategy sets out our vision, values, strategic aims and most importantly, how we will deliver against these ambitions for our patients, communities, and people in the future.
It is not just a document, it is for and about everyone at PHU, building on what we have achieved with a renewed focus on continuous improvement and the need to continue to work together and improve together to achieve our goals.
A full copy of the strategy can be downloaded here.
For more information, please visit our strategy webpage.
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.
We welcome and value your feedback and use the views you share with us in a number of ways to learn and make improvements as well as sharing best practice. Feedback can be provided in a number of ways.
Last updated: 10 July 2023
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.
The team assists Wessex Kidney Centre patients with gaining access to the Patient Know Best system which allows them to access their own blood results, letters and information about their diagnosis and treatment.
To find out more visit the Patients Know Best website.
If you wish to join Patients Know Best, 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.
Dr Tim Leach is Medical IT Lead and provides advice and guidance to the informatics team. He represents informatics among the consultant nephrologists.
Jin Baichun 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 Patients Know Best system.
To contact the team please call 02392 286000 Ext 1003.
Please note that while we are more than happy to assist you with Patients Know Best 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.
You can read more about how PHT manages patient information on the Information Governance pages.
Dr Amir Bhanji
Care Group Director
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.
Renal general manager
Dr Rupesh Sutaria
Clinical director for transplant
Consultant transplant and general surgeon
Renal head of nursing
Mr Paul Gibbs
Consultant Transplant Surgeon
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
I graduated from Imperial College London (Westminster Medical School) in 1984. 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 degree (MD) at Guy’s Hospital and was appointed as a consultant nephrologist at the Wessex Kidney Centre in 1997. I was director of the service between 2001-2008 and again between 2016-2018.
My clinics are held at St Richards Hospital, Chichester and at Bognor Regis War Memorial Hospital. I also undertake clinics using an innovative on-line system called MyRenaCare, which I have helped to introduce to our region. My area of particular interest is early chronic kidney disease (CKD) and I have developed guidelines for the management of CKD both locally and nationally (NICE) as well as authoring a textbook on the subject.
I am married to a local GP. My personal interests are mostly related to music, art and history.
Dr Jonathan Louden,
Dr Natalie Borman
(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.
MBBS, BSc, PGcert, FHEA
I am a consultant nephrologist and also a consultant in general medicine.
In 2006, I completed my undergraduate training at University College London. I trained in
nephrology and general medicine in Wessex as well as Kings College Hospital, Guys & St Thomas and St Georges’ Hospital London.
I have a strong interest in medical education and pioneered in-situ multidisciplinary simulation training whilst an educational fellow at Kings College London.
I am currently joint Royal College of Physicians college tutor for internal medical trainees in Portsmouth and Junior doctor lead within nephrology responsible for the recruitment, supervision, education and support for SHO level doctors.
I also organise the educational training days for medical registrars across the deanery.
Dr Eirini Synodinou
MD, MRCP Neph (UK Equiv.)
In 2000 I qualified from University of Ferrara, Italy, after finishing and presenting my University Thesis( MD) in Gastro-oesophageal Reflux Disease: “A 10 year retrospective study in patients with erosive oesophagitis”. I have worked as a Fellow in Internal Medicine for 6 months in Arcispedale S’Anna in Ferrara.
As I returned in Greece, the passion for Nephrology prevailed and I started training in Athens, in the biggest Renal and Transplantation Centre of the country. I became a Consultant Nephrologist in November 2009.
I joined the WKC in November 2014 and I was appointed as a Consultant in September 2016.
My area of interest is kidney transplantation, I am part of the acute transplant team and the Nephrology Clinical Lead for Living Donor Kidney Transplantation.
Away from medicine, I am a wife and mother of a young son who keeps me pretty busy all the time!
Dr Kirsten Armstrong
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
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
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 Mark Uniacke
MB Bch BAO BMed Sc DM FRCP
Dr Nick Sangala
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
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 Amanda Laird
Dr Gary Leggatt
Dr Venkat Gangaram
Dr Helena Edwards
Dr Daniel Stewart
Dr Katie Flowers
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
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.
Renal Dietetics, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Southwick Hill Road, Portsmouth, PO6 3LY
02392 286000 ext 1016/1014
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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
•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.
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.
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.
Advanced Kidney Care Nurses (Donna Fry, 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 1033
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.
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.
You will need to make a decision regarding your choice of dialysis before your kidneys fail. This is for the following reasons:
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.
Wessex Kidney Patient Association
Kidney Care UK
National Kidney Federation
0800 169 0936
Kidney Research UK
NHS Organ Donation
NHS Chronic Kidney Disease
Your Dialysis Journey