The Nephrology Outpatient Clinic, located on the 4th floor of University Hospital, cares for our kidney transplant patients. For surgical issues, kidney recipients may also be seen in the 8th floor Urology Clinic. These clinics provide excellent ongoing care, including blood and diagnostic testing and promotion of healthy lifestyles following transplantation.
If you have an appointment:
If you have an appointment in the Nephrology Clinic, the first thing you need to do is register at Patient Registration on the the Main Floor. When you register, your contact information will be reviewed. It is essential that your contact information is up-to-date. Patients are usually seen in the Nephrology Clinic in the order that they registered. There are a few exceptions to this, for example patients who have multiple appointments on the same day or are feeling unwell.
For post-operative kidney transplant patients, once you have registered, head up to the 4th Floor Blood Taking Centre and have your blood drawn. (Take a number outside the lab and you will be called in when your number comes up.) Having your blood drawn next allows for enough time for your results to be available when you see your Kidney Team. Remember - Do NOT take your antirejection drugs until after your blood has been taken.
After having your blood drawn, check in with the Clerk in the Nephrology Clinic. The Clerk will give you another number and you can have a seat until it is called. Once called, you will first see one of the Clinic nurses and then the your Nephrologist.
What you need for your appointment:
- Your Transplant Binder (for post-op patients)
- Updated list of your medications
- A list of prescriptions that need renewal
Be sure to schedule your next appointment before you leave the Nephrology Clinic.
Bloodwork is a routine part of patient care and physicians, nurses and other members of the Transplant Team have access to results sent to the Clinic. Someone from the Team will contact you as necessary to adjust drug doses and provide medical care.
It is preferred that transplant patients to have their lab work drawn at Lifelabs because results arrive more reliably and efficiently on our computer system.
We encourage patients to keep track of all their medications, using the Self-Medication Form, which is given before discharge. Patients should bring their up-to-date, completed form to every clinic visit.
Current lists of medications can be obtained from your pharmacist.
Northern Ontario Residents
Residents of Northern Ontario may be eligible for a Northern Health Travel Grant through the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Travel grants do not cover all of patients' travel expenses but they can help defray the overall cost of the trip. Further information and application for Northern Health Travel Grant is available online.
Ontario Telemedicine Network
You may also have the option of Ontario Telemedicine Network home visits. Check with your team.