The Glasgow Renal & Transplant Unit provides the renal inpatient service for NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde plus NHS Forth Valley along with the West of Scotland renal transplant service for NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Forth Valley, Dumfries & Galloway, Lanarkshire, Ayrshire & Arran and occasionally other parts of Scotland.
The renal inpatient service merged on one site in early 2011 and moved from the Western Infirmary to QEUH in 2015. Currently in QEUH there are 65 renal beds (41 general nephrology, 8 high acuity and 16 surgical/renal transplantation beds) along with dedicated Day-case and Rapid Assessment areas. The Peritoneal dialysis service is based at the same site along with a new outpatient haemodialysis facility. The Home Haemodialysis service is located in Stobhill hospital. A satellite haemodialysis unit is based at Glasgow Royal Infirmary. Renal and transplant out-patient clinics and satellite haemodialysis facilities are provided at the New Victoria Hospital, New Stobhill Hospital, Inverclyde Hospital, Vale of Leven Hospital and Forth Valley Royal Hospital. Outpatient clinics are also provided at the Royal Alexandria Hospital, Paisley. Inpatient consultation services are provided at all of the above hospitals plus the Golden Jubilee Hospital.
The Glasgow Renal and Transplant Unit currently supports approximately 700 dialysis patients (600 hospital haemodialysis patients, 50 peritoneal dialysis patients, 35 home haemodialysis patients), over 1000 renal transplant patients and about 200 patients per year with dialysis dependent Stage III acute kidney injury. In 2017/18, the unit performed around 170 new renal transplants, with an increasing number of live donor (including pre-emptive) transplants.