MQ Health - Macquarie University

Kidney and Hypertension Clinic

Conditions and Treatments

At MQ Health Kidney and Hypertension Clinic, we bring the latest evidence-based treatments to patients with kidney disease and high blood pressure.

Our kidney specialists have extensive research and teaching experience, which they combine with attentive patient care to get the best outcomes for you and your family.

They also collaborate with other specialists within the MQ Health building. The result is holistic and convenient treatment for patients with often complex and multiple health issues.

We are usually able to see urgent cases within a few days.

Integrated care model

Our clinic is part of MQ Health – an exciting new idea in Australian healthcare.

A collaboration of Macquarie University, Macquarie University Hospital and dozens of leading specialists, MQ Health means you and your family can access doctors at the forefront of medical learning and research, within a convenient and purpose-built clinic.

Our unique service includes:

  • Specialist doctors involved in research – our nephrologists have worked with leading research institutes to expand understanding of kidney health, and are teachers in their field
  • Convenient multidisciplinary care – if you need to, you can see cardiologists, urologists and vascular surgeons at the same location, often on the same day
  • Access to world-class technology – we’re next door to Macquarie University Hospital, should you require surgery or hospital care, and we have pathology and imaging services here in the same building

Our nephrologists also have strong links with other leading hospitals. This means that if you need a kidney transplant or dialysis, they can give you seamless pre- and post-transplant care, or dialysis management.

We have a Mandarin-speaking nephrologist who can also work with other Chinese-speaking health professionals if desired.

At MQ Health, the latest knowledge and a seamless patient experience go hand in hand.

Conditions

Our kidneys play an essential role in keeping us healthy by removing wastes and excess water from the blood.

Our nephrologists focus on early diagnosis and medical management of kidney problems, which can go a long way towards preventing its progress and reducing the risk of other complications such as cardiovascular disease.

We diagnose and treat a full range of kidney diseases including:

  • Chronic kidney disease (CKD) – kidneys that aren’t functioning as they should over three months or more
  • Diabetic kidney disease – damage caused by diabetes
  • Acute kidney injury – sudden kidney failure, which can result from an injury, problems with blood flow or a blockage in your urinary tract
  • High blood pressure (hypertension) – excess blood pressure damages your arteries which, over time, can affect blood supply to the kidneys, causing kidney failure
  • Kidney stones – a build-up of crystals in the urine, forming a hard and often painful stone-like lump
  • Management of chronic hypertension patients during pregnancy
  • Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) – a largely inherited disease, causing fluid-filled blisters in the kidneys that reduce kidney function
  • Glomerulonephritis (nephrotic syndrome) – a group of diseases affecting the part of the kidney that filters blood and can be acute or chronic, inherited or caused by illness
  • Electrolyte disorders – when levels of important elements or molecules in the blood are too high or too low
  • Hyponatremia – dangerously high amounts of fluid in the blood
  • Metabolic acidosis – a build-up of acid in the body’s fluids
  • Kidney infections – recurrent kidney infections may be a sign of an underlying problem with the kidneys
  • Kidney failure (renal failure) – when the kidneys can no longer get rid of waste from the body and a patient needs either dialysis or a kidney transplant

Tests and treatments

Our nephrologists will try to find out the cause of your kidney problem.

As well as any tests you’ve already had, you may need further tests including:

  • renal ultrasounds
  • blood tests
  • urine tests
  • sleep study
  • echocardiogram (‘echo’)
  • ambulatory blood pressure monitoring
  • X-ray or CT scan
  • 24hr urine test
  • kidney biopsy

These tests can be arranged conveniently within the MQ Health clinic or Macquarie University Hospital, often on the same day as your visit.

Your nephrologist will then create a treatment plan to manage your condition medically (without surgery) if possible. For patients needing dialysis, we provide assessment, ongoing management and care. Types of dialysis include haemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis, both of which aim to artificially filter the blood when the kidneys have failed.

If you need surgery, you can be easily referred to urologists, vascular surgeons and other surgeons at the state-of-the-art Macquarie University Hospital.

Our nephrologists also work closely with the transplant units at Westmead and Royal Prince Alfred (RPA) hospitals, and provide complete pre- and post-transplant care.

Make an appointment

To make an appointment with our kidney specialists, or to discuss your health concerns, contact us on (02) 9812 3567.