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Renal Supportive Care Service

The key worker for the Renal Supportive Care Service is a specialist nurse who works closely with the Renal Team at Worthing Hospital, the palliative care doctors and nurses at St Barnabas House, your GP and other healthcare professionals.


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The Renal Supportive Care Nurse aims to provide a high quality service to manage the symptoms and provide support for psychological and emotional needs that may occur as a result of Advanced Kidney Disease (often called End Stage Renal Failure).

The Renal Supportive Care Nurse is based at St Barnabas House but also runs a weekly clinic at Worthing Hospital in collaboration with the Renal Team’s doctors and nurses.

Contact with the Renal Supportive Care Nurse is usually by phone or in one of the clinics at St Barnabas (Monday afternoons) or Worthing Hospital (Thursday afternoons). Home visits can be arranged where appropriate.

What does the service provide?

• Advice and Support about managing symptoms
• The opportunity to discuss treatment options; to make informed choices regarding dialysis or Conservative Kidney Management
• The opportunity to talk about planning for the future, including end of life care

Referrals can be made to other services that may be of benefit:

• Family Services Team
• Day Hospice
• Physiotherapist
• Hospice at Home Team
• Community Palliative Care Team

We liaise with professionals at other organisations who may be able to help, including, dieticians, other allied professionals, counsellors and financial advisors.

The Renal Supportive Care Nurse can assist with admission to the hospice for:

• Symptom management
• Respite care
• End of life care