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The Department of Nephrology co-ordinates the medical and surgical assessment of patients who are being considered for a kidney transplant.
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For nearly thirty years, people suffering from kidney failure have had two options for life sustaining treatment - either have dialysis (a process that removes waste products and fluids that healthy kidneys remove from the blood stream.) or have a kidney transplant.
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The prospect of a long wait on the transplant list often leads patients, their family and friends to think about the possibility of a transplant from a living donor. There are many issues to think through. Most patients are hesitant about asking a family member or friend to consider donating a kidney. Family members and friends may be concerned about the risks involved. However the thought that a successful transplant may be possible is often a strong incentive for many to consider making a kidney donation. In 1999 14 patients received a single kidney, in Christchurch hospital, from a relative, partner or friend.
Most patients who have irreversible kidney failure can be considered for a transplant. They must be in relatively good health and willing to undergo assessment.
For information on organ donation phone: 0800 4 DONOR
or visit: www.donor.co.nzor email: email@example.com
For information on live donation contact:
The Transplant Co-ordinatorDepartment of NephrologyPrivate Bag 4710Christchurch HospitalPhone: 03 364 1041Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
People suffering from kidney failure have the option, if a suitable match is found, for a kidney transplant.
The Department of Nephrology co-ordinates the assessments of potential living donors for potential recipients.
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