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Your kidneys filter wastes and extra fluid from your blood.

Our renal service treats people with diseases and conditions that affect the kidneys.

Watch a video about how you can look after your kidneys (English) This is also available in TonganMandarin, Samoan and Māori

What we do

We care for patients that need urgent care as well as those who have illnesses that need long term care.

Many kidney disorders may be treated with medications but if kidney function starts to fail and the condition becomes severe, dialysis and/or kidney transplantation,or supportive care may be required.

Find out more about your options

We provide care to patients admitted to hospital (in-patients) as well as visiting patients at home.

Outpatient clinics are held at Wellington Regional Hospital, Kenepuru Community Hospital, Hutt Hospital and Kāpiti Health Centre.

Our nurses also provide ongoing support and education to patients after they are discharged from hospital.


The community dialysis unit at Margaret Stewart House, 16 Hospital Road, Newtown provides training and support for patients at home managing their own peritoneal dialysis or haemodialysis. There is provision for live-in accommodation for out of town patients in training coming from Wairarapa and Nelson/Marlborough. (LINK TO Margaret stewart house)

Patients not on home dialysis receive dialysis treatment at either the Wellington Regional Hospital Dialysis Unit or Kenepuru Dialysis Unit View map of how to get to the dialysis units.

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Peritoneal dialysishaemodialysis

Kidney transplants

Wellington Regional Hospital is one of the three hospitals in New Zealand that do kidney transplants.  Our hospital does the transplant operation for people living in the greater Wellington area, Wairarapa, Nelson/Marlborough, Hawkes Bay, Manawatu, Horowhenua and Rangitikei.

Find out more about being a kidney transplant recipient or becoming a live kidney donor.

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Kidney transplant video


If you have a problem needing immediate assessment you will be referred to our service by your GP or the Emergency Department. You will be seen by a doctor  who will decide whether you need to be admitted to hospital.

If the problem is not urgent, your GP will make a referral to the renal service.Referrals are reviewed to determine who should be seen first. Sometimes our specialists will contact the GP to discuss your case and give advice rather than arranging a clinic appointment. If you need to be seen by a renal doctor,  an appointment will be made in one of our outpatient clinics

What happens at an outpatient appointment?

The doctor will ask questions about your illness and examine you to try to determine or confirm your condition.  You may also require a number of tests (blood tests, x-rays, scans).   This may be completed during one clinic visit, but for some conditions this will take several follow-up appointments.  Some tests can be arranged before your appointment.

Following your appointment, your GP will receive a letter with advice detailing any necessary treatment. 


The renal service has a multi-disciplinary team who work together to provide care.  The team is made up of:

  • Specialist doctors (they are called nephrologists or renal physicians)
  • Registrars  and House Officers
  • Nurses
  • Nurse specialists
  • Health Care Assistants
  • Dietitians
  • Social workers
  • Administrative staff


Contact Us

Call us on 04-8060637 (from 8am-5pm Mon-Fri)

Email: renaldepartment@ccdhb.org.nz


Last updated 1 September 2020.