Melomed Renal Care
Our new ultra comfortable, modern dialysis unit offers renal dialysis services to patients suffering from kidney failure. Melomed Renal Care (Pty) Ltd was formed as a joint venture between Melomed Hospital Holdings and National Renal Care.
Melomed Renal Care runs a fully modernised and all encompassing mobile acute dialysis service. It is manned by our dedicated nursing staff on call 24 hours a day. The acute dialysis program involves a range of services including haemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, plasma filtration therapy and blood exchange. Continuous, ongoing therapies of differing types can be provided for chronic and acute kidney failure patients.
All of our dialysis units offer bicarbonate dialysis, amongst other services. Melomed Renal Care also offers a comprehensive home haemodialysis programme. Both Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD) and Automated Peritoneal Dialysis (APD) are offered in our all-inclusive Renal Care program. A complete home visit and delivery service are provided. We are able to provide an extended delivery service for disposables treatment both locally and internationally. In addition to offering a full complement of dialysis therapies to aid rehabilitation, Melomed Renal Care also has a comprehensive range of services which give immeasurable value to our patients. These include patient education on treatment and prevention and support groups for both patients and their families.
WHAT IS CKD? (CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE)
CKD is a condition that affects the function of the kidneys and may, over time, progress to kidney failure. When the kidneys fail, dialysis or transplantation is needed to support life. Many diseases can cause CKD, most common of which are diabetes and high blood pressure. Worldwide, one in 10 adults suffers from some form of kidney damage.
Creatinine is a waste product of muscle activity. A high serum (blood) creatinine level means that you may have some form of kidney damage.
WHAT IS GLOMERULAR FILTRATION RATE (GFR)?
It is the rate at which your kidneys are filtering your blood of waste products. Your GFR gives your doctor an idea of the speed at which your kidneys are failing and whether you are at risk for complications of kidney disease.
KNOW YOUR NUMBER!
Healthy adults have a GFR of about 64-104. Knowing your GFR (Glomerular Filtration Rate) is the best way to tell whether your kidneys are functioning effectively. Ask your general practitioner to do the blood test. With the correct treatment the progress of kidney disease can be slowed down and complications related to kidney disease decreased. Your quality of life can also be improved by the Healthy Start Programme offered by National Renal Care.