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The Psychiatric Contribution to a Renal Unit Undertaking Chronic Haemodialysis and Renal Homotransplantation

  • W. A. Cramond (a1), P. R. Knight (a2) and J. R. Lawrence (a3)

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The Renal Unit of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Adelaide, South Australia, provides the only specialized renal service for the State's population of one million. Established two years ago, it has developed a programme of recurrent haemodialysis and has used recurrent peritoneal dialysis for a period. It is associated with a renal homotransplantation programme. The Unit staff consists of a full time Director, one Senior Medical Registrar, a Senior House Physician, nurses and technicians. There is a close liaison with the University of Adelaide Department of Surgery which has been responsible for establishing and running the homotransplantation programme with a staff of a Senior Lecturer and the assistance of two Honorary Assistant Surgeons. The psychiatrist works closely with the group and interviews all patients entering the programme. His role has been that of an observer and adviser on the management of patients in chronic renal failure, and in the psychological screening of potential kidney donors.

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The Psychiatric Contribution to a Renal Unit Undertaking Chronic Haemodialysis and Renal Homotransplantation

  • W. A. Cramond (a1), P. R. Knight (a2) and J. R. Lawrence (a3)

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The Psychiatric Contribution to a Renal Unit Undertaking Chronic Haemodialysis and Renal Homotransplantation

  • W. A. Cramond (a1), P. R. Knight (a2) and J. R. Lawrence (a3)
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