The department provides all forms of dialysis including hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. It has an active renal transplant programme performed every year. This is predominantly a living donor transplant programme but the hospital is also a leading centre for cadaver donor transplant when suitable donors are available.

x Comprehensive health care for patients with kidney diseases.
x Treatment of acute and chronic kidney diseases due to diabetes mellitus, hypertension, stones, infections, hereditary illness.

What is dialysis?
Dialysis is a treatment that does some of the things that are done by healthy kidneys. It is needed when the kidneys have been damaged and are not able to carry out their normal functions. With the result there is retention of waste products in the body along with salt, water and other chemicals. This may happen during temporary failure of the kidney (a renal function) and when there is permanent damage (chronic renal failure).

Dialysis does the following:
x Removes waste products
x salt and extra water so that their levels may not increase in the body
x Keep a safe level of certain chemicals in the blood such as sodium
x potassium and bicarbonate
x Helps control blood pressure

Benefits of dialysis
Dialysis removes the accumulated waste products, fluids and water from the body that have been accumulated because of failed kidneys. They also normalize the levels of certain important chemicals such as sodium, potassium and bicarbonate. However dialysis does not carry out all the functions of the kidney and hence certain other medications such as Erythropoiten and Vitamin D may not be prescribed.