Peritoneal Dialysis Service

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The Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) Unit at University Hospital Limerick has a strong multidisciplinary focus, with the PD nurse working in close contact with the medical team, dieticians, pharmacists and renal nursing services (clinical nurse specialists, haemodialysis and nephrology nurses).

The Peritoneal Dialysis Unit aims to offer support, education and follow-up care to all patients who are on Peritoneal Dialysis or who are interested in going on PD. 

What is Peritoneal Dialysis?

Peritoneal dialysis (PD) utilises a natural membrane, the peritoneal membrane inside your own body as a filter. Dialysis fluid flows into the peritoneal cavity through a small, soft plastic tube that has been permanently inserted into your abdomen during a minor operation. About 6 inches of this tube remain outside your abdomen providing a means for attaching the bags of dialysis fluid. The catheter can be hidden by your clothing. While the fluid is inside your peritoneal cavity, dialysis takes place– excess water and waste products from the blood are drawn across the membrane into the dialysis fluid. The fluid is changed every few hours. This process is called an ‘exchange’. There are two types of peritoneal dialysis:

  1. Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis—(CAPD) which is the manual form, exchanges are performed during the day.
  2. Automated Peritoneal Dialysis—(APD) which is performed with the help of a machine at night while you are asleep.

With any type of PD, it is important to perform the exchange without contamination, as there is some risk of infection. You will be taught the correct procedure by your PD nurse. Both methods of peritoneal dialysis are effective. Your doctor and nurses can help you decide which method suits you best.

Services Provided

  • Preliminary interview to discuss peritoneal dialysis and choice of modality
  • Preparation for theatre
  • Practical and Theoretical Training
  • Individual education by dietician regarding nutrition
  • Work-up for Transplantation
  • Phlebotomy
  • Anaemia Correction
  • Peritoneal dialysis out-patient clinic
  • Full medical support provided by peritoneal dialysis nurses and renal team
  • Full technical support provided by Baxter

Opening Hours

08.00 to 18.00 Monday to Friday

PD Nursing Staff

Freda Shannon, Clinical Nurse Specialist, PD unit

Contact Details

PD Unit Office: +353 (0)61 485194