Frequently Asked Questions

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Emergency information

If you have an emergency or a situation requiring immediate attention, please call 09030002187 We will give you instructions and directions. If you know the address of the medical facility and wish to come on your own, that would be just fine.  If you need to be transferred by us, please let us know by phone.

What happens if I am a new patient?

Whether you come on your own or are referred by another caregiver, we will immediately get you registered into our system electronically, discuss with you your problems, your medical history, and what results of diagnostic tests you might have done, and subsequently recommend an appropriate treatment.

If follow-up consultation or further consultations are required, we will indicate this and our friendly staff will let you know the date and time of your next appointment.

Do you examine children at your clinic?


A pediatrician is immediately available if needed.

Why do I need dialysis?

If your kidneys aren’t working properly – for example, because you have advanced chronic kidney disease (kidney failure) – the kidneys may not be able to clean the blood properly.

Waste products and fluid can build up to dangerous levels in your body.

Left untreated, this can cause a number of unpleasant symptoms and eventually be fatal.

Dialysis filters out unwanted substances and fluids from the blood before this happens.

What happens during dialysis?

There are 2 main types of dialysis: haemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis.


Haemodialysis is the most common type of dialysis and the one most people are aware of.

During the procedure, a tube is attached to a needle in your arm.

Blood passes along the tube and into an external machine that filters it before it’s passed back into the arm along another tube.

This is usually carried out 3 days a week, with each session lasting around 4 hours.

Peritoneal dialysis

Peritoneal dialysis uses the inside lining of your abdomen (the peritoneum) as the filter, rather than a machine.

Like the kidneys, the peritoneum contains thousands of tiny blood vessels, making it a useful filtering device.

Before treatment starts, a cut (incision) is made near your belly button and a thin tube called a catheter is inserted through the incision and into the space inside your abdomen (the peritoneal cavity). This is left in place permanently.

Fluid is pumped into the peritoneal cavity through the catheter. As blood passes through the blood vessels lining the peritoneal cavity, waste products, and excess fluid are drawn out of the blood and into the dialysis fluid.

The used fluid is drained into a bag a few hours later and replaced with fresh fluid.

Changing the fluid usually takes about 30 to 40 minutes and normally needs to be repeated around 4 times a day.

If you prefer, this can be done by a machine overnight while you sleep.

Is kidney failure permanent?

Usually, but not always. Certain kinds of acute kidney failure get better after treatment. In some cases of acute kidney failure, dialysis may only be needed for just a while until the kidneys get better.

In chronic or end-stage kidney failure, your kidneys do not get better and you will need dialysis probably for the rest of your life.

How long has dialysis been available?

Hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis have been done since the mid-1940s. Dialysis, as a regular treatment, was begun in 1960 and is now a standard treatment all around the world. CAPD (Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis) began in 1976. Thousands of patients have been helped by these treatments.

Do dialysis patients feel normal?

Many patients live relatively normal lives except for the time needed to visit the hospital for treatments. Dialysis usually makes you feel better because it helps alleviate the numerous problems caused by kidney failure. You and your family will gradually adjust to dialysis with time.

Do dialysis patients have to control their diets?

Yes. You would likely be on a special diet. You may not be able to eat everything you like, and you may need to limit how much you drink. You do not want an excessive build-up of fluids in your body. Your diet may vary according to the type of dialysis.

Click here to learn more about diet for dialysis patients

Do you have parking facilities?


Free Parking is available within the large premises of Atinu Critical Care Hospital.

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