What is it?
Your kidneys filter the blood in your body. They remove waste products that could harm your vital organs over time. When there are problems with your kidneys, the blood is no longer filtered properly and this can affect your health. Dialysis helps by filtering the blood for you.
Without a kidney transplant, you will need to have dialysis for the rest of your life. However, the goal is to help you have as normal and active a life as possible.
What will my GP do now?
Dialysis is managed mainly by your kidney specialist and your renal team. Your GP also has an important role in your ongoing care including:
- Coordinating various care providers
- Providing you with access to other health resources, such as dietitians
Your GP can also help you manage complications of your dialysis, such as:
- Helping with infections and catheter problems
- Managing any other health problems and medications
- Helping you apply for carer payments, housing and disability parking
What will my GP do in the future?
Your GP’s role is to continue to take care of any other health problems, related or unrelated to your dialysis. They may also monitor/test your:
- Blood pressure and temperature
- Weight, and signs of swelling
- Breathing rate and depth
Your GP will also complete regular health check-ups, such as heart health, vaccinations and cancer screening.
What can I do?
The goal of dialysis is for you to keep living as normal and active a life as possible. You are more likely to achieve that if you:
- Keep appointments – with your GP, specialist and other healthcare providers
- Do daily activities that keep you connected – see friends and family, work, volunteer and travel
- Stay active – regular exercise as directed by your healthcare team
- Eat a healthy diet – as directed by your healthcare team
- Take your medication as prescribed – speak to your GP if you have any questions about your medication.