This guide will provide you with information regarding our
dialysis program and help you to prepare for your care here.
Al Noor Dialysis Unit is the first of its type in the private medical sector in
the emirate of Abu Dhabi. It is a state-of-the-art unit created on the basis of
the best international standards to offer hemodialysis treatment to all
We are ready to offer hemodialysis treatment to visitors according to prior
arrangements and availability of dialysis slots. For patients in the intensive
care unit who need to be dialyzed, dialysis services (hemodialysis and
peritoneal dialysis) are also offered.
The Dialysis Unit is located at Al Noor Hospital Airport Road, in the ground
floor of the administration building, behind the main hospital (backside
Open: Saturday to Thursday 7:00 am - 23:30 pm.
A dialysis schedule will be set up for you depending on your needs and
availability of space. Every effort will be made to try to accommodate your
preference for certain times or days but initially this may not be possible.
If you have an emergency when the dialysis unit is closed, please report to the
Emergency department and ask that the nephrologists on call to be called.
Your team at Al Noor Hospital Dialysis Unit believes that the patient knowledge
and participation will result in better care.
You will be provided with information about your condition as well as all
aspects of your treatments, medication and diet. The staff will work with you;
help you to be as independent as possible. Participation in your care is
expected. All patients will be expected to follow the protocols of the Renal
Unit to ensure that they will get the best care possible.
Arriving at the dialysis unit:
Before the dialysis unit opens, patients will be asked to
wait at the waiting area to give time for the staff to prepare the dialysis
machines. You will be called into the unit when your machine is ready and
the nurse is available. Your dialysis treatment will take approximately 4
hours. Plan an extra 20-30 minutes before and after your treatment. If for
any reason you are not able to attend your scheduled appointment, please
call the Dialysis Unit as soon as possible. If you have a scheduled clinic
appointment please inform staff in order that your appointment and or/
Hemodialysis is rescheduled to enable you to attend both. When you arrive,
you will be asked to wash your arm prior to sitting down (if you are using
the fistula or graft) The nurse will take your weight, and temperature,
sitting and standing blood pressure, and ask if you have any problems since
your last treatment. During dialysis, please tell the nurse if you have any
concerns or problems. After the dialysis needles are removed, you will be
asked to wear gloves to hold your own needle sites until they stop bleeding
(this may also be done by a relative or sitter if you prefer).
During dialysis, visitors are welcome (maximum of one per
patient) but are required to retain by the patient's beside. Visitors will
be required to leave the Unit for a few minutes when the nurse starts and
stops the dialysis procedure; this is for the patient privacy and infection
If you are scheduled for the morning shift, please arrive
between 7:00 am and 7:30am. Patients will not be admitted to the dialysis
unit before 7:00 am.
If you are scheduled for the afternoon shift, please arrive
between 1:00 pm and 1:30 pm. Patients will not be admitted to the dialysis
unit until their assigned machine is ready.
If you are scheduled for the night shift, please arrive
between 6:00 pm and 6:30pm.
What to bring:
You will be required to retain in Dialysis for approximately
4 hours so wear clothes that are comfortable and not restrictive. Make sure
that the nurse can easily reach your access by wearing loose sleeves for a
fistula, or a shirt with a button or zipper opening for catheter. A TV with
earphones will be provided at each dialysis station in the clinic. Curtains
round the bedside will remain open during dialysis for the reasons of nurse/
patient observation and safety.
Eating on dialysis:
Eating food during your dialysis treatment is not
recommended since it is one of the most common causes of complications
during dialysis. Complications caused by eating on dialysis include nausea,
vomiting, low blood pressure and fainting. A sandwich and juice may be
provided to you after you have finished your treatment. Please eat before
you arrive for dialysis, especially if you have diabetes.
Food in the dialysis unit:
To prevent possible spread of infection, please do not bring
food to the dialysis unit, unless it is your own use. This is in accordance
with the accepted infection control guidelines.
Every month the nurse will take blood for several tests, at
the beginning and end of your dialysis treatment and the result will be
reviewed with you by your team. The result will show if your dialysis, diet
and medications are working well, or if changes should be made. Changes may
include changes to dialysis times, dialyzers, dialysis solutions,
medications and/ or diet.
It is very important to take medications as they are
prescribed by your doctor. Do not take the medications that are not
prescribed for you especially, and do not take over the "counter"
medications until you check with your dialysis team first. Your nurse will
ask you to bring in your medications each month so that they can be reviewed
by your team. Please inform your dialysis nurse as soon as possible if there
have been any changes to your medications. Be sure to let your nurse know if
you have received any medications from another doctor clinic or hospital.
Your dialysis team: Your dialysis team is made up of
experienced professionals who will work together with you to ensure that you
receive the best possible care
The nephrologist is a doctor who specializes in caring for
patients with kidney problems. The nephrologist writes your dialysis
prescription, based on physical assessment and monthly lab results. You will
be seen by the different nephrologists, depending on who is on call on your
dialysis day. As your prescription is based on your lab works, no two
prescriptions are the same. Patients are expected to comply with
prescriptions for their own wellbeing.
Please feel free to discuss your prescription with the nephrologist. The
doctors will do rounds every week but if he is not on the unit during your
treatment then your nurse will contact him for any concerns that you or your
nurse may have.
The nurse will do the following: Prepare your dialysis
machine. Assess you before, during and after each dialysis treatment. Start
and stop your dialysis. Monitor you and your dialysis machine during your
treatment to ensure that you have a safe treatment. Provide you with
information about your treatment. Teach you about dialysis and care of your
fistula or catheter. Make daily rounds for each patient. You will be
assigned to a "primary nurse". This nurse will introduce himself/ herself
and will be responsible in reviewing your lab results and dialysis treatment
regularly. However you may ask for any assistance at any time.
The pharmacist will review your medications and provide any
counseling about the medicines you receive. Please ask your nurse to contact
the pharmacist if you have any questions or would like more information
about your medication.
The Dietitian provides counseling and resources about your
special dietary needs. Please ask your nurse to contact the dietitian if you
would like more information about your diet.
Ward clerk / translator:
The ward clerk registers you each time you arrive for
treatment, answers phones, helps arrange tests and appointments and assists
the rest of the team with translation as required.
The nursing assistant will assist the registered nurses to
care for you.
The biomedical engineer is responsible for maintaining and
repairing the dialysis equipment. Occasionally it may be necessary for
biomedical engineers to be present during your treatment to assess the
For more information, please call: + 971 2 4944 773.