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Nephrology

Clinic Overview:

This specialized clinic within McMaster Children's Hospital centralizes services for children and teens with Kidney disorders. Care is multidisciplinary and family centered with an understanding that medical conditions in a child affect the whole family. Our philosophy is family centered care.

The Pediatric Nephrology service at McMaster provides consultations to children and youth and health professionals work as a team to develop a therapeutic plan to support children and their families within the 2G clinic.

Contact Us:

2G Clinic, McMaster Children's Hospital

Phone: 905-521-2100 ext. 78517

Fax: 905-521-5056

Find Us:

2G Clinic, McMaster University Medical Center,  beside  the information desk on the main floor of the hospital

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What Happens When We Arrive?

When you arrive at the clinic, please check in with the Business Clerk at the reception desk. The Business Clerk will let the team know that you have arrived.

Clinic Hours:

Monday- Friday, 8:00 a.m - 4:30 p.m

Changing Your Appointment:

Please contact us as soon as possible if you need to change or cancel your child's appointment.

Please Note:

If the patient is ill with any antibiotic resistant organism, MRSA, a communicable disease (such as chicken pox), or respiratory infection, please notify the staff at the reception desk upon arriving at the clinic as the child will be directed to a location other than the main waiting room

Referral Process:

Referrals can be faxed directly to clinic at 905-521-5056

Urgent Referrals:

Note that the clinics are not for emergencies, if the patient needs to be seen on an urgent basis please contact your family doctor or go to your local emergency department.

What Should You Bring To The Clinic?

  • Health Card- The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care requires us to validate your Health Card at every clinic visit.

  • Relevant documentation

  • X-rays

  • Morning urine sample (kept refrigerated)

  • List and dosage of medications 

Conditions We Treat: 

General Nephrology:

  • Congenital Kidney Abnormalities

  • Hypertension

  • Renal Stones

  • Lupus

  • Nephritis

  • Nephrotic Syndrome

  • Henoch Schonlein Purpura

Chronic Clinic:

  • Children with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)

  • Peritoneal Dialysis

  • Hemodialysis

  • Management of post-transplant patients

What Services Do We Provide?

  • Both peritoneal and hemodialysis

  • 24hr blood pressure monitoring

  • Dialysis

Interdisciplinary Team:

Physician- Nephrologist:

A doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of Kidney disorders in children under the age of 18.

Registered Nurses (General Nephrology, Peritoneal Dialysis, Hemodialysis, CKD):

Experience has clearly shown that communication between all team members is important when considering healthcare and supporting our patients. The Nurse acts as the link between patients, families, and other programme staff.

The Registered Nurse:

  • helps educate the patient and family

  • organizes each patient's plan of care

  • monitors patients between their clinic visits

  • collaborates with team members to track patient progress

  • advocates for the patient and family

  • helps conduct research about pediatric Nephrology

  • supports the graduation of pediatric Nephrology patients after their 18th birthday

Registered Dietitians:

Nutrition is especially important to growing children and teens. To ensure that our patients eat foods they like and meet their body's needs, the Registered Dietitian works with our patients and their families to develop a nutritional plan that will help support the outcome of optimal health and nutrition.

Social Worker:

Social Workers help patients and their families cope with the practical and emotional concerns that accompany the diagnosis of a medical condition. Social workers play an important role in the Nephrology clinic and believe in building on the strengths of each patient and their family. The social worker works with the rest of the team to ensure that the patient and family reach their full potential.

Our clinic social workers interact with patients and families and take the time needed to find out  more about each patient, about what concerns them, and what matters most to them.

Social workers can help identify and develop ways to cope with difficulties, and to maintain healthy supportive relationships. They can also identify resources in the community, and provide support with education or school related issues.

As with all members of the team, our social workers are sometimes involved in research projects aimed at improving the quality of life for all our young patients.

Kidney Foundation of Canada

A Guide for Families with Children on Hemodialysis

How to Check Urine for Protein

 

 

Hamilton Health Sciences • Hamilton, Ontario • 905.521.2100

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