In-Centre Haemodialysis

In-centre haemodialysis (In-Centre HD) is a therapy option that filters your blood outside your body using a haemodialysis machine and a manufactured filter, called a dialyser. Here you can learn more about in-centre haemodialysis (In-Centre HD).

What Is In-Centre Haemodialysis (In-Centre HD)?

Haemodialysis (HD) is a type of dialysis that filters your blood outside your body using a machine and a dialyser, which is a manufactured filter that acts like an artificial kidney.

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How Does In-Centre Haemodialysis (In-Centre HD) Work?

If you are treated with in-centre haemodialysis (In-Centre HD), you will typically travel to your hospital or dialysis clinic 3 times a week to receive 3-5-hour treatments each time, depending on the dialysis schedule your clinician has prescribed. There, you will be taken care of by a nurse or clinician throughout your treatment. 

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Choosing a type of in-centre haemodialysis (In-Centre HD)

If you and your clinician decide that in-centre haemodialysis (In-Centre HD) is the best treatment option for you, you may be able to choose between receiving in-centre treatments during the day, or in some cases in the evenings. Daytime haemodialysis (HD) is the most common choice of therapy and is the most likely to be available to you. Your sessions will be scheduled at a time that fits your hospital or clinic. Days and times for therapy will be allocated depending on available spaces. Most dialysis clinics schedule 3 times per week on either Monday, Wednesday & Friday or Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday, to provide evenly spaced dialysis treatment.

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Preparing for in-centre haemodialysis (In-Centre HD)

Before your in-centre haemodialysis (In-Centre HD) treatments start, you will also need to have a surgical procedure that creates a dialysis access site under your skin called a fistula. This fistula lets unfiltered blood flow from your blood vessels through the haemodialysis machine and lets clean blood flow back into your blood vessels. Access to this fistula is created by inserting two needles into the blood vessels in the fistula.

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Benefits of In-Centre Haemodialysis (In-Centre HD)

In-centre haemodialysis (In-Centre HD) is performed under the supervision of a supportive clinical team, meaning that you can let others take care of you during treatment. You can use your treatment time to sleep, read, work on your laptop, listen to music or do something else you enjoy. You will also have the opportunity to talk to other dialysis patients, so you can exchange information and stories about dialysis journeys similar to and different from your own.

Where to go next?

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Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) at Home

There are other types of dialysis – some of which can even be done at home. Learn more about peritoneal dialysis (PD).

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Home Haemodialysis (Home HD)

You may also be able to do haemodialysis in the comfort of your own home. Learn more about home haemodialysis (HHD).

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Other Treatment Options

You and your clinician may decide that other treatments such as transplant or conservative care may be a better option for you. Learn more about other treatment options.