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Conservative (non-dialysis) Care Service

Who are we?

The conservative care service consists of Dr. Shareen Siddiqi, a consultant nephrologist (kidney doctor) with a special interest in palliative care for kidney patients, and Sister Debi Kendray, a specialist nurse.

When will you meet us?

You will meet us:

  • If you are referred to the conservative care clinic if you choose not have dialysis treatment for your kidney disease
  • When your kidneys are working at 15% of normal or less.

You might also meet Sister Kendray if you are thinking about stopping dialysis treatment and wanted to talk about it with her, after speaking with the doctor looking after your dialysis.

If you are too unwell to come to the clinic Sister Kendray will visit you at your home.

How might we be able to help you?

We will help manage any symptoms you may be having, or develop, as your kidney function gets worse. We will also look to see you are receiving the support you need, and help you plan for the future.

We are happy to see you as often as you need seeing; we realise that many people who opt for non-dialysis management prefer not to attend hospital too often, so as well as seeing you in clinic we will give you a contact number to call us if you need to see us or talk to us between appointments.

You will also be seen at home by Sister Kendray, if and when the journey to clinic becomes difficult for you. Many of the treatments offered to you in the clinic can be carried out at home.

We are happy to meet your friends and family in clinic, or talk with them too, if you give us permission.

How can you contact us?

You can contact us on 0114 271 5438, and leave messages on this number if needed.
Alternatively you can email Sister Kendray at Debbie.Kendray@sth.nhs.uk. For urgent enquiries we advise you to telephone us.

Information for Health Care Staff

We are also happy to discuss referrals with GPs and specialist nurses as needed.
 

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