The National Renal Office

World Kidney Day March 13th 2014

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Aims of the NRO | Current Networks of Renal Unit | News & Updates | Links to Related Agencies

The National Renal Office was established on World Kidney Day 2009 to provide Governance, Integration and Leadership in developing a National Framework for delivering Renal Services in Ireland.

The National Renal Office (NRO) is responsible for planning, co-ordinating and managing the strategic framework of Renal Services across the country. The NRO will inform the service planning process and the decision making process regarding allocation of resources for Renal Services and facilitate an integrated focus on priority areas of concern in relation to Renal Services.

Regional Directors of Operations and local Renal Units will continue to maintain operational responsibility for the delivery of Renal Services within their region. Each of the HSE Regions also has a Clinical Lead for Renal Services.

The National Renal Office is embedded within the National Directorate for Clinical Strategy and Programmes.


National Clinical Director
Dr Liam Plant, Consultant Renal Physician from Cork University Hospital is the National Clinical Director of the National Renal Office.

Regional Clinical Leads for Renal Services

HSE Area Consultant Location
HSE Dublin North East Professor Peter Conlon Beaumont Hospital                 
HSE Dublin Mid Leinster Professor George Mellotte AMNCH                                
HSE  South Dr Sean Leavey Waterford Regional Hospital   
HSE West Dr Donal Reddan Merlin Park Hospital Galway   
HSE Paediatrics Dr Mary Waldron OLCHC

Business Manager - National Renal Office
Mr. Patrick O’ Connor, National Renal Office, HSE, Stewarts Hospital, Mill Lane, Palmerstown, Dublin 20.

Local Renal Administrative Leads


HSE Dublin North East HSE  Swords Business Campus      Ms Emma Benton (01) 8131862
HSE Dublin Mid Leinster HSE Arden Rd  Tullamore                    Ms Susan Temple (057)9358064
HSE  South HSE Model Farm Road Cork               Ms Sandra Daly (021)4928545
HSE West HSE Merlin Prk Hospital Galway      

Ms Margaret O'Toole

Siobhan O' Sullivan

(091) 775685

(091) 775262

HSE Paediatrics HSE Millenium Park Naas Ms Valerie Wade (045) 880456

The Aims of the National Renal Office

  • To continue development of patient-centred Renal Services.
  • To provide services to populations at local level, consistent with safe and effective care and practice.
  • To develop networks of appropriately designed and maintained hospitals/dialysis facilities, with adequate inpatient, outpatient, laboratory and radiology facilities, supporting patient care in a fully integrated manner.
  • To ensure access to the most modern diagnostic and therapeutic equipment.
  • To establish and maintain effective governance models to ensure that Renal Services are delivered to nationally defined standards.

National Renal Office Priorities

The immediate priorities for the National Renal Office are:

  • Expansion of renal transplantation activity
  • Expansion of dialysis capacity to accommodate growth in demand
  • Provision of services closer to patient’s homes
  • Improvement in patient centred care

Renal Service expansion and development will be based on clinical need, in line with priorities identified by the National Renal Office and will encompass the key considerations of: Capacity, Configuration and Governance.

Current Networks of Renal Units

*contracted units
HSE AREA Parent Renal Unit Satellite HD Unit PD Programme
Dublin North East CGH Cavan    

Beaumont N. Dublin


fmc Northern Cross*



Dublin Mid Leinster MRH Tullamore    

SVUH (S. Dublin)

AMNCH (S.DUblin)

Beacon Sandymount*



South WRH Waterford fmc Kilkenny* Yes
  CUH (Cork) KGH (Tralee) Yes
West MRD (Limerick) fmc Dock Road* Yes
  MPUH (Galway)

Wellstone Ballybrit*

MGH (Castlebar)



  LGH (Letterkenny) SGH (Sligo) APPROVED

Scope of the National Renal Office

The Scope of the NRO includes:

  • National Renal Strategy - Implementation of a National Renal Strategy supported by operational plans and other Renal Health Intelligence.
  • Governance – Providing Standards of Care & Operational Policies supported by Process and Outcome Metrics and Key Performance Indicators.
  • Renal Health Intelligence – Kidney Disease Clinical Patient Management System (KDCPMS).
  • Planning – Informing the service planning process and making recommendations on future national renal priorities based on clinical need and ongoing collection of epidemiological practice and outcome data.
  • Procurement – Lead on discussions, inform and liaise with HSE Procurement on negotiations, tendering and on the management of renal contract decisions.
  • Liaison with individual networks and Renal Units, including Paediatric Renal Units, and the National Transplant Office.
  • Liaison with advocacy and patient representative groups.
  • Foster integration of Renal Services with other Acute and Community Chronic Disease management Programmes, especially the Acute Medicine Programme.

News & Updates

The 8th International World Kidney Day is on March 14th 2013 -for more information click here

National Renal Programme Update 2012

World Kidney Day 10th March 2011 -  Protect your Kidneys, Save yourheart

A whole variety of information is available to everyone, patients, citizens and health professionals on the following website:

Click on the links below to download the WKD 2011 Scientific Editorial and Factsheet 2011 (English)

WKD 2011 scientific editorial (PDF)

WKD Factsheet 2011 (English)

The HSE/NRO is delighted to announce the awarding of the National Kidney Disease Clinical Patient Management System (KDCPMS) to Mediqal Health Informatics Limited.

The implementation of this standardised National Clinical Patient Management System will facilitate the clinical management of all patients with kidney disease, from first presentation to a renal centre right through to renal replacement therapy.

The system will provide a framework for performance monitoring in renal care provision, comparative clinical audit, enhanced delivery and quality of care, strategic planning and effective resource utilization.

Additional information including plans for the national roll out can be downloaded from the link below.

The HSE has recently updated the Renal Blood Borne Viral Disease Guidelines. This report can be downloaded from the link.

The NRO provided an Overview of Renal Services in Ireland - September 2009. This can be downloaded from the link.

Click here for all KDCPMS Newsletters

Click here for reports on Epidemiology of ESKD in Adults in Ireland 2009-2013


Links to Related Agencies

Contact Us

National Renal Office
Health Service Executive
Mill Lane
Dublin 20


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