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Department of Nephrology

The Department of Nephrology at St. Vincent's University Hospital provides comprehensive treatment programmes for all forms of renal disease.

The Department has a chronic haemodialysis unit and a Chronic Peritoneal Dialysis Programme, a Pre-Dialysis Programme is being developed.

Currently the Department is staffed by two Consultant Nephrologists, Prof. Brian Keogh and Dr. Alan Watson.

The Chronic haemodialysis unit provides Out Patient treatments for people with chronic renal failure. It is open 12 hours a day, 6 days a week with 24 hour a day on call commitment for patients with acute renal failure.

The Department of Nephrology operates two general nephrology clinics a week and a weekly peritoneal dialysis clinic.

The department also offers a full range of inpatient services in nephrology and hypertension, in addition to being a major contributor to St. Vincent's University Hospital Emergency Services in general internal medicine.

The service also provides a registered dialysis service for patients with acute renal failure from hospitals within the East Coast Region.

The Nephrology Department has an active research programme and participates actively in the Newman Scholarship Programme with the Connelly Institute in University College Dublin.

The current major areas of interest include:

  1. Renal disease and liver transplant population.
  2. Bone biomarkers with Cinacalcet therapy.


Consultant Nephrologists Dr. Alan Watson
Principal Clinical Engineer Frank Kelly
CNM II Michelle McQuaid 
Secretary Jennifer Messitt

Nephrology department contact numbers:

  • Telephone: 221 4493
  • Fax: 221 4136