This department was established at King George Hospital in 1985 as an ancillary unit to the Department of Medicine. It was later upgraded to a full fledged unit. Started with 2 dialysis machines and one peritoneal dialysis unit. The Nephrology unit currently has 20 beds (male and female including ICU beds). Jeevandaan AP recognized King George Hospital for deceased organ retrieval, harvesting for kidney transplantation in 2017. The department initiated a screening programme in the year 2003 to identify etiology, prevalence, and risk factors for kidney disease. The SEEK (screening and early evaluation of kidney diseases) project was started in the year 2006, where the study population was screened from Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam.
The department has a maintenance hemodialysis program under Aarogyasri (community health insurance program) and performs 1500 hemodialysis under this program every month. There are 20‐25 patients treated daily with the 10 dialysis machines currently available in the department. This program was recently taken over by a commercial unit. In addition, a CAPD program is also operated where continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis is offered as an alternative and home based therapy to patients. Other services offered include ‐plasmapheresis, sustained low efficiency dialysis (SLED) and renal transplantation.
A total of 54 renal transplants have been performed at KGH so far. The faculty is actively involved in reearch and boasts numerous publications in peer reviewed journals.
|Dr. Gullipalli Prasad, MD, DM
|Dr.V Ratna Prabha, MD, DM