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Renal Medicine

The Department of Renal medicine at Sengkang General Hospital is a dynamic department providing a 24/7 care for patients with all types of kidney diseases. The dedicated multidisciplinary team including experienced doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dieticians and social workers offers comprehensive, customised and holistic care to patients, actively involving them and their caregivers in the decision making. There is also a state-of-the-art, purpose-built haemodialysis centre to help patients who need haemodialysis support. They also provide peritoneal dialysis service to patients with end-stage kidney disease who are suitable for this form of home therapy. The team also offers well-structured multidisciplinary care to elderly patients with end-stage kidney disease who opt for conservative treatment.

The Renal Medicine Department oversees the renal replacement therapy of critically ill patients admitted to the Intensive Care Units (ICUs) or High Dependency Units. The specialist outpatient service will include low clearance clinic where people with advanced kidney disease have their long-term treatment planned by the multidisciplinary team giving due consideration to the patient's wishes. The Department also runs other specialised clinics like peritoneal dialysis clinic and haemodialysis clinics in addition to the general nephrology clinics where the vast majority of patients with common kidney problems like diabetic kidney disease are treated at.

Our Clinical Services

  • Preventive/General Nephrology
    • The emphasis is on preventing the worsening of the chronic kidney disease, the commonest cause of which is diabetes.
  • Difficult hypertension which needs specialist evaluation
  • Haemodialysis
    • Inpatient haemodialysis service to patients with recoverable and end-stage kidney disease. The service will also support already existing haemodialysis patients admitted to Sengkang General Hospital with intercurrent illness.
  • Peritoneal dialysis
    • This modality which is as good as haemodialysis for end-stage kidney disease has the advantage that the treatment is carried out at home by patients or carers which offers patients flexibility and independence from travel to haemodialysis centre three times a week. A team of dedicated peritoneal dialysis nurses will guide, educate and train patients and ensure high-quality care.
  • Glomerulonephritis
    • There are specialists with expertise in managing these less common causes of kidney disease.
  • Critical care nephrology
    • Kidney support is often needed in critically ill patients admitted to intensive care units. The nephrologists co-manage these patients with the intensive care physicians. 

Our Department Facilities

  • Renal outpatient clinics and inpatient wards
  • Kidney biopsy facility
  • Continuous renal replacement therapy for critically ill patients in intensive care unit
  • Specialised treatment like plasma exchange
  • Interventional radiology, vascular surgery and urology support
  • Close links with the Department of Renal Medicine, Singapore General Hospital for treatments not available in-house, for example, acute transplantation.

Centres/Clinics

Haemodialysis Centre

The 17 station haemodialysis centre is well supported by highly experienced nurses and equipped with state of the art equipment.

Peritoneal Dialysis Unit

In addition to educating and training kidney patients who are suitable for this form of home therapy, this unit acts as a drop-in centre for patients who are already receiving this treatment and for patients who develop ad-hoc problems in their peritoneal dialysis.

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Conditions We Treat


  • Diabetic kidney disease
  • Difficult hypertension
  • Glomerulonephritis
  • Vasculitis
  • Interstitial nephritis
  • Adult polycystic kidney disease

 

Treatments Offered


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