Renal medicine is a medical specialty focused on treating people with impaired kidney function. The kidneys are vital organs which control the body’s level of water and chemicals. The organ cleans the blood of toxins and transform the waste into urine.
Chronic kidney disease is a condition where a person's kidneys are damaged or do not work as required leaving them with declining kidney function. Severe kidney disease leads to renal failure and people with end-stage kidney disease require dialysis or a kidney transplant to stay alive.
Doctors in renal medicine (also known as nephrologists) also treat a variety of other kidney problems.
Townsville Hospital and Health Service provides a range of diagnostic and treatment services for people with impaired kidney function.
- in-centre dialysis (acute and chronic) at Townsville University Hospital
- chronic kidney disease management
- management of acute kidney injury (including administration of cytotoxic therapy)
- haemodialysis (acute and chronic)
- continuing care of patients who have had renal transplants
- self-care dialysis units at Doomadgee and Mornington Island
- remote and satellite dialysis at North Ward Health Campus, Palm Island, Ingham, Charters Towers and Home Hill.
- home therapy for patients across our footprint
How to access this service
To access our renal service, your GP or medical practitioner will need to send a referral letter to Townsville Hospital and Health Service. If you have concerns about chronic kidney disease or renal health, you should speak to your doctor.