Nephrology (kidney diseases and disorders) at The Children's Hospital at Westmead

Contact details

Phone: (02) 9845 3430 or (02) 9845 3431

Fax: (02) 9845 3432

Location: Department of Medicine, Diagnostic Services Building, level 3

The Nephrology Department at The Children's Hospital at Westmead is a major Australian centre for children with renal disorders including glomerulonephritis, interstitial and structural kidney disease, urosepsis, renal genetic disorders and hypertension. It provides a comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic service for the full range of renal diseases, including peritoneal dialysis and haemodialysis for chronic renal failure.  A dedicated paediatric service is provided, comprising multidisciplinary care with a strong emphasis on the child and family.

The Nephrology Department is also a leading centre for paediatric transplantation and dialysis and covers a large research group at the Centre for Kidney Research and the Enuresis Program. Training in paediatric nephrology is provided, including a dedicated fellow position.

The Renal Service provides inpatient care of renal patients and consultative care to a range of services including PICU, Haematology, Oncology and Cardiology, incorporating plasma exchange. Statewide services are also provided, including prenatal review at Royal Prince Alfred, consultancy to the high-risk unit at Liverpool and Westmead, outreach to John Hunter in Newcastle, Orange and Bathurst, support for the renal service in Canberra and support for Noumean children through CAFAT.

The service is closely involved with multidisciplinary care of complex urological disorders with urologists and a radiology service and a complete transplantation service with dedicated paediatric transplant surgeons.

See also:

Clinics

Monday

Dr Siah Kim

Renal Clinic

Outpatients

A/Prof Alexander &

Dr Hahn

Transplant/Chronic

Renal Failure Clinic

Renal Treatment Centre

Tuesday

Morning

A/Prof Alexander

Renal Clinic

Children’s Hospital

Medical Centre

Tuesday morning

Dr Durkan

Renal Clinic

Renal Treatment Centre

Tuesday afternoon

A/Prof Alexander

Dr Durkan

Dr Hahn

Renal Clinic

Outpatients

Wednesday morning

Fellow

Renal Clinic

Renal Treatment Centre

Friday morning

Dr Hahn

Renal Clinic

Renal Treatment Centre

Dr Hahn (with Dr Davinder Singh-Grewal)

Lupus Clinic

Outpatients

Tuesday

Morning

Dr Lewis

Transplant Clinic

Renal Treatment Centre

Wednesday

(all day)

Dr Lewis

Renal Clinic

Children’s Hospital

Medical Centre

Method of referral

Referral letter from Paediatrician to the specialist by name or to the Nephrology secretaries for triage –

Fax:  02 9845 3432 or email

julie.webb@health.nsw.gov.au

kerry.duffy@health.nsw.gov.au

Enuresis see Enuresis Clinic page.

Hospital Clinics

General Renal Outpatient Clinics:

These are for assessment of nephritis, hypertension, urosepsis, renal impairment, structural kidney disorders and genetic disorders of the kidney.

Transplant /Chronic Renal Failure Clinics

These comprise a multidisciplinary clinic of children approaching end-stage renal failure, those on dialysis and those after transplantation.

Lupus:

This is a combined rheumatology and nephrology clinic.

Urgent cases

To be referred through the Emergency Department or to speak with the renal registrar who will liaise with the consultant on call for assessment.

Renal Treatment Centre

The Renal Treatment Centre at The Children's Hospital at Westmead provides day stay and outpatient care of children on haemodialysis, plasma exchange, peritoneal dialysis and following renal transplantation.

The Centre also provides day stay and outpatient care of children with other renal conditions who require administration of specific therapies or who require specialised renal nursing care.

The Renal Treatment Centre can be contacted by phone on (02) 9845 1131 or (02) 9845 1218.

Outreach clinics

The Hospital holds Outreach Clinics in rural areas, as follows:

Newcastle - Dr Deborah Lewis, all appointments to Kerry Duffy ph: (02) 9845 3431

Orange - Dr Deborah Lewis, all appointments to Kerry Duffy ph: (02) 9845 3431

Bathurst - Dr Deidre Hahn, all appointments to Julie Webb ph: (02) 9845 3430

Staff

Dr Anne Durkan

Senior Staff Specialist

Dr Deborah Lewis

Senior Staff Specialist

Dr Deidre Hahn

Senior Staff Specialist

Dr Simon Carter

Senior Staff Specialist

Dr Hugh McCarthy

Senior Staff Specialist

A/Prof Stephen Alexander

Senior Staff Specialist

A/Prof Patrina Caldwell

Staff Specialist (Enuresis)

Renal Treatment Centre

Ms Jill Farquhar

Clinical Nurse Practitioner

Mr Adam McCarthy

Nursing Unit Manager

Ms Jill McCluand

Nurse Educator

Ms Briana Smith

Clinical Nurse 

Ms Laura Harrison  

Clinical Nurse 

Ms Noreen Busto

Clinical Nurse

Ms Diana Carmody

Social Worker

Ms Amanda Walker

Life Specialist

Ms Sheridan Collins

Dietician

Ms Katie Marks

Dietician

Ms Mel Lim

Clinical Psychologist

Ms Sophie Brown

Pharmacist

Renal Fellow

Annual Appointment

Ms Linda Thomas

Receptionist 

Mrs Kerry Duffy

Administrative Officer

Mrs Ana-Maria Ciudad

Administrative Officer

Mrs Sandra Puckeridge

Administrative Officer (CKR)

Contacts

Consultants:

 Dr Deirdre Hahn – Department Head

Dr Siah Kim

Dr Anne Durkan

Dr Deirdre Hahn

Dr Deborah Lewis

Transplant Coordinator

Ms Jill Farquhar – Clinical Nurse Practitioner  - (02) 9845 1218

Transplant Liaison

Administration Officer

Mrs Kerry Duffy – (02) 9845 3431

Appointments for:

A/Prof Alexander

Dr Durkan

Dr Hahn

Ph:  Ana Ciudad (02) 9845 3430 (except Wednesdays)

ana.ciudad@health.nsw.gov.au

Appointments for:

Professor Craig

Dr Lewis

Dr McCarthy

Dr Carter

Ph:  Kerry Duffy (02) 9845 3431 (Monday – Thursday)

kerry.duffy@health.nsw.gov.au