Nephrology, Renal and Kidney Care

This service specializes in diseases of the kidney, their treatment as well as dialysis and kidney transplants. You may have been referred to us for care if you have already have a condition that impacts your kidneys or if you you are at risk of developing a condition that will require dialysis or a kidney transplant in the future. Some conditions that may require you to be referred to us for care include: 

  • Abnormal kidney function - This is determined by a test to check how well your kidneys are working. 
  • Diabetes - This is often referred to by doctors as diabetes mellitus, which describes a group of metabolic diseases that cause you to have high blood sugar.
  • Proteinuria - This is the presence of abnormal quantities of protein in your urine. This may indicate damage to your kidneys.
  • Hematuria - This is the presence of blood in your urine.
  • Hypertension - This is a condition when you have abnormally high blood pressure.
  • Electrolyte disturbances - This is a condition when you have an imbalance of certain ionized salts in your blood.
  • Anemia - This is a condition marked by a deficiency of red blood cells or of hemoglobin in your blood which could cause you to have a pale appearance and weariness.
  • Bone diseases - This condition causes decreased bone density, weakness or brittleness in your bones or large, misshapen bones. 

Kingston General Hospital is the regional centre for renal care in Southeastern Ontario and we partner with the Ontario Renal Network to provide dialysis at a number of satellite locations. These locations include hospitals sites in the communities of Kingston, Belleville, Picton, Smiths Falls and Brockville. We also offer dialysis options for patients in their own homes. This is done so that if you require dialysis service, you can receive your care in a location that is close to your home. For more information about our dialysis locations, please click here.  To learn more about the different  home dialysis options, click on the following video.

If you receive your dialysis at Kingston General Hospital, there are a number of reserved parking spots available for you. For more information please see our specialty parking permit page

KGH provide's ambulatory and inpatient care here in Kingston as well as in northern Ontario through our partnership with Weeneebayko General Hospital. We also offer support to renal and kidney patients through a comprehensive chronic kidney disease education program.

Inpatient care

If you are admitted as an inpatient, you will be given a room on one of Connell 3, Connell 9, Connell 10, or Kidd 9. If you are looking to locate a patient who has been admitted to the hospital you can read more on our find a patient page.

As an inpatient, you will receive care from a health-care team that is made up of a number of different individuals. Who is on your team depends on the type of care you require. These interprofessional teams will always include doctors and nurses, but other individuals such as patient care assistants, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and dietitians, just to name a few, may also be involved in your care. When you are at KGH, you can always count on a range of people to play a key role in your health-care journey.  If you would like more information on the types of people you may meet in the Medicine Program, please visit our care team page.

If you would like more information on what to expect if you are admitted as an inpatient at KGH, please see our 'while you are here' page.

Outpatient care

As an outpatient, you may be referred to the kidney clinic here at Kingston General Hospital. Your appointment will take place in the hospital's Burr wing, which is located off of King Street West. You should check-in for your clinic appointment at the registration desk located in the Burr lobby, then proceed up to the clinic area on Burr 3. For more information about these clinics, please contact Susanne Jeffery, clinical nurse specialist, 613-549-6666 extension 3527.