MEDICAL ADVICE FOR PEOPLE WITH KIDNEY PROBLEMS
People with kidney disease can
get very sick with COVID-19.
This includes people who are on dialysis treatment, have had a kidney transplant, or have low kidney function and are looked after by a hospital kidney team.
Medical advice for a person living with kidney disease or a kidney transplant.
It is important that you continue to take all your kidney and blood pressure medication, unless you are advised by your doctor.
Make sure you have enough medication to last you for at least the next two weeks.
Call your doctor for a script if you don’t have enough. They will write a prescription for a 3-month supply but pharmacies can now only dispense medication for one month at a time, with another two months on repeat.
If you think you will have difficulty in getting your next two months supply, talk to your pharmacist and they may be able to arrange other options. Most pharmacies are open if you need to get more medication – it is wise to call first.
Ensure that you have all the equipment you need for home dialysis (heamodyalisis or peritoneal) for atleast the next two months.
Heamodialysis at the hospital or dialysis centre
These services will continue but they may be different to what you are used to. Your dialysis team will let you know what changes might be needed.
Keep a safe 2m distance from others at the hospital or dialysis centre, and on your way there and home
Wash your hands as soon as you get home
You should expect special COVID-19 precautions at the hospital or dialysis centre
If you are unwell before hospital heamodialysis, you should call the unit first and let them know. You shouldn’t travel to dialysis in a group shuttle.
If you have had a kidney transplant in the last six months and become unwell, contact your kidney specialist team immediately. If you had a kidney transplant more than six months ago and become unwell, contact your doctor.