What is the Keeping Kidneys Service?
The Keeping Kidneys Service is a new way of supporting patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) to understand their condition and work with a team of clinicians to develop a management plan for living with it. Too often, CKD is left undiagnosed or treatment is confined to hospitals for those with advanced disease. Our model is designed to get the right things happening for everyone.
The Keeping Kidneys Service involves the delivery of renal care by upskilled GPs and Practice Nurses working under the direct supervision of an on-site Nephrologist. Patients can be referred to the service by their own GP. Alternatively, they may be referred into the service if their CKD is stable and judged to be suitable for community care by their Nephrologist.
The shared model of care in operation through the Keeping Kidneys Service means that patients can maintain more of their care with their usual GP and reduce or eliminate the need to visit a hospital for appointments. Our clinical team will liaise with both your GP and your specialist to maintain your health in the community. All of the services provided are bulk billed, maintaining Queensland Health’s commitment to delivering high quality care which is free at the point of delivery.